Colombian accused of 50kg cocaine import

A COLOMBIAN facing drug charges after more than 50kg of cocaine was found at the Mackay railway yards has had his court case adjourned.

Alexis Giovany Gomez Ruiz is fighting to have charges he conspired to traffic, import or export a commercial quantity of drugs quashed.

Mr Gomez Ruiz, Markis Scott Turner, Juan Pablo Ocampo Alvarez and German Rendon Alvarez were accused of being involved in a $20million drug importation gang after Australian Federal Police found the cocaine inside 17 barrels of hydraulic oil in 2011.

While Mr Ocampo Alvarez and Mr Rendon Alvarez are also from the South American nation of Colombia, Mr Turner is a Mackay businessman.

The three Colombians reportedly lived in Mackay for about two years.


Mr Gomez Ruiz's case came before the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday, but was adjourned until December 4 for a pre-trial hearing.

In September Mr Ocampo Alvarez's lawyer appeared in court and indicated his client wanted his police interview excluded, and Mr Turner's lawyer said his client wanted a separate trial.


Topics:  cocaine drug trafficking

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