Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian businessman who was allegedly part of a criminal syndicate that smuggled 1.28 metric tons (1.41 U.S. tons) of cocaine inside a shipment of prefabricated steel from China has faced a Sydney court after becoming the last of three accused conspirators to be extradited from Serbia.

Tristan Waters on Thursday was the last of three Australian accomplices to be charged in a Sydney court with helping to import Australia's second-largest cocaine haul valued at $400 million. The illicit drug was found inside a shipping container aboard a Chinese freighter docked in Sydney in April 2017.

All three have now been charged in Sydney with drug smuggling offenses that carry potential sentences of life imprisonment. Waters did not enter pleas or apply for bail.