Realtor Gerardo Penna charged with alleged $4M meth import | Canberra Times

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A Canberra real estate agent has been charged with allegedly importing more than $4 million of methylamphetamine by mail. Gerardo Penna, 40, is now behind bars after rejecting his bail application during a brief appearance at the ACT Magistrates Court Thursday afternoon. Through attorney Sarah Boxall, he denied charges of attempting to possess commercial quantities of illegally imported methylamphetamine and smuggling the same drug. Appearing from a distant room wearing a hooded sweater, Mr. Penna did not speak and was detained by magistrate James Lawton. His arrest follows the arrest of Priscilla Palombi, a 39-year-old Bonner woman who was released on bail Wednesday after she was accused of trying to possess the same imported methylamphetamine. ACT Police said a package containing the drugs weighing about 4.5 kilograms was seized by the Australian Border Force when it arrived in the country on 3 November. The house they claimed was the place targeted last week. Officers from the ACT Police drug and organized crime team later raided the scene and arrested Ms. Palombi, who did not plead or seek conditional freedom when she appeared in court Wednesday. Police said an active investigation into the shipment was ongoing that day and Mr Penna surrendered after investigators contacted him Thursday morning. Police said in a statement they issued a search warrant Tuesday in Page, the suburb of Mr Penna’s home. “Methylamphetamine was found during the order along with drug paraphernalia, suspected stolen goods, and more than $15,000 in cash,” police said. MORE COURT AND CRIME NEWS: ACT Policing still awaits further charges in connection with the investigation. Mr Penna is scheduled to appear in court again on 13 January, while Ms Palombi will return for the defense on 14 December. The alleged amount of methylamphetamine in the imported package will result in up to 45,000 street deals. In an unrelated case, Gordon Kyle Wilson, 23, was released on bail Thursday morning after being charged with allegedly importing one kilogram of cocaine from Nigeria. Our journalists work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. You can continue to access our trusted content by:



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