Bungendore business owner Adam Hunter jailed for trying to import cocaine in the arm of an excavator

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A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for his part in an attempt to import more than 300 kilograms of cocaine into Australia, crammed inside an excavator.

Adam Hunter, from Bungendore in southern NSW, was arrested along with another man at his Bungendore landscaping business in 2019 as the couple were removing packages of drugs from the arm of the machine.

The machine had been imported from South Africa to Australia as Hunter’s legitimate construction company, which prosecutors said was the reason the operation was nearly successful.

The drugs were contained in one-kilogram packages, clearly visible to police when they x-rayed the machine after intercepting it.

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140 million dollars worth of cocaine was found inside the excavator

Hunter’s attorney, Kieren Ginges, had previously told the court that his client was “naive,” “a bit of a dreamer,” and “an unsophisticated businessman,” who knew little about drugs.

He also downplayed Hunter’s importance in the import attempt, saying his client had not acted independently and had been drawn into the conspiracy.

But New South Wales District Court Judge Andrew Colefax said that was not the case.

Judge Colefax said he found Hunter’s account of events implausible and deliberately dishonest.

Hunter will not be eligible for parole until 2027.

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