Cocaine Smugglers Jailed For 10 Years Over Luxury Yacht Sting

Sentenced Over $14m Bust

Cocaine Smugglers Jailed For 10 Years Over Luxury Yacht Sting

A group of drug traffickers could spend at least a decade behind bars for trying to sneak $14 million worth of cocaine into Queensland.

The trio was sentenced after their arrest in 2015, when they were caught masterminding an operation to smuggle more than 90kg of the drug into the country, stashed in the fibreglass hull of a luxury yacht which had sailed from Ecuador to the Gold Coast.

Martin Mayers (61) and Arthur Rivkin (46) were sentenced for one count each of importing commercial quantities of a border-controlled drug.

Jordan Antic (70) meanwhile was sentenced for attempting to possess almost half of the cocaine, and distribute it in Sydney.

Mr Mayers was sentenced to 20 years jail with parole after 13 years and four months, the heftiest of the punishments.

The yacht's skipper Mr Rivken was jailed for up to 16 years and two months, while Ms Antic was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

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