airline employee has appeared in a Sydney court charged with being part of an international drug-smuggling syndicate.
JONATHAN Klein, from Blaxland in Sydney's far west, did not apply for bail during the brief hearing at Central Local Court on Tuesday. The 37-year-old, wearing a dark blue jumper and white shirt, sat in the dock as magistrate Julie Huber formally refused bail and adjourned the case until September 26. Outside the court Klein's lawyer, Bryan Wrench, said his client would fight the two charges of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. "I can't say anything at this stage - the matter is before the court - but they'll be contested," Mr Wrench said. Klein was arrested at Sydney Airport on Monday after federal police allegedly watched him remove a package from an international flight and put it in his car. Officers searched the vehicle a short time later and allegedly found two blocks of a white substance that tests indicated was one kilogram of methamphetamine. They also said they found five kilograms of a white powder believed to be cocaine. Police said they found $1.6 million in cash and a small quantity of tablets and cannabis when they searched Klein's home later in the day. As part of the same investigation, NSW police arrested a 32-year-old man and a 31-year-old man in Sydney on Monday. Both are alleged to have been part of the same syndicate. They were charged with the commercial supply of a prohibited drug and refused bail.