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68-Year old New Zealand man caught with cocaine at Australian airport insists he was tricked by a Nigerian man

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The lawyer of a 68-year-old New Zealand beekeeper charged with smuggling more than two kilograms of pure cocaine into Australia, told the court on Monday that his client is "a good person who fell victim to online Nigerian scammers, asdeenvibez gathers.

The accused, Roy Stuart Arbon, a New Zealand citizen, was arrested at Perth International Airport in February 2016.The drugs were concealed in a suitcase he brought from Brazil. He told authorities he had been given the bag by a Nigerian man in Brazil named "Anthony Lambert".The court heard he told authorities he was taking the suitcase to India "as a favour", and he had checked it and believed it only contained clothes. But Mr Arbon said he had not been able to goto India because he did not have a certificate for yellow fever vaccination.The court heard two-and-a-half kilograms of powder was found in the bag, two kilograms of which was cocaine, estimated to be worth between$700,000 and $1.4 million.Border Force officer Christopher Brown told the court Mr Arbon had claimed he was trying to organise a loan of $US120,000 with a Nigerian man named "Doctor William Johnson" who had approached him via the internet. Mr Arbon said he had intended to sign some loan documents in India, but told a Border Force officer he was to meet Dr Johnson in Sydney for this. The Border Force officer said Mr Arbon told him of a previous occasion when he brought two suitcases from India to Perth, to be collected by two men of Indian descent. Mr Arbon's defence lawyer said her client, who was a beekeeper in New Zealand, fell victim to online scammers. Ms Oliver told the court that her client was an"innocent victim of a criminal enterprise who internet.

She said Mr Arbon was a "good person" who did not know he was involved in trafficking drugs. Prosecutor Edward Fitzpatrick cautioned the jury against having sympathy or prejudice for Mr Arbon, despite the fact he "seems a rather grandfatherly man".The trial continues.

Source: The Australian.

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