One of the people arrested in one of Australia’s biggest ever drug busts is a relative of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.
Viliami Kisina, related to Corby through her half-brother, was one of six people arrested on Monday during raids across South East Queensland and northern New South Wales.
There is no suggestion that Corby or any of Viliami’s relatives had any involvement in the drug operation.
Viliami’s father James Kisina was at one time in a relationship with Corby’s mother Rosleigh Rose.
The pair had two children, James Junior and Melenae, who are half-siblings to both Viliami, whose mother is Seniolita Kisina, and Rosleigh’s four other children, including Schapelle.
During the raids, a record-breaking haul of MDMA was seized, helping to prevent up to 12 million ecstasy tablets from reaching Australian streets.
Police won’t reveal where or when they seized 766 kilograms of the powder, but say the drugs are the highest purity ever recorded in Queensland and have a potential street value of $90 million.
The seizure is the largest of its kind in Queensland and the third largest in Australia.
Police believe the drug supply chain was being managed by a syndicate based in the United Kingdom.
Two British men, aged 51 and 40, have been arrested in Queensland and charged with drug possession and supply.
Another two UK citizens – a 60-year-old man and a 49-year-old man â were also arrested in New Zealand after authorities in Auckland seized 200kg of the drug ice destined for their local market through the syndicate.
A New South Wales woman was also charged, with further arrests likely.
The seizure represents approximately seven per cent of the 1.1 tonnes of ecstasy consumed annually in Australia.
She was released in 2014.
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