BREAKING NEWS: Sony Insider Linked With Mexican Drug Ring In OZ
Sony has been linked with a Mexican drug ring with a local court told of a Sony “insider” who monitored the shipment of Sony speakers containing drugs.
Norma Zuniga Frias, a Mexican national living in a Marrickville will today be sentenced in a Sydney Court along with her girl friend Bondi girl, Rose Thomas the daughter of online publisher and entrepreneur Jackie Maxted.
Australian Federal Police sized $14M worth of pure methamphetamine that was hidden inside eight Sony speakers.
Frias, 26, has pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine while 25-year-old Thomas will be sentenced in May for aiding and abetting an attempt to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.
At this stage the Sony insider has not been named nor is it known whether the person was senior management or a worker in a Sony warehouse.
In one encrypted exchange on a Telegram, a person known as Julian claimed they had an insider working for Sony helping them.
Intercepted messages reveal the following conversation between the Mexican drug ring and people in Australia.
“The speakers come from a very large important company; Sony. The person inside Sony is working for us monitors the parcel until it arrives at the address. Ok?” he wrote on January 6.
“If he sees any (light bulb emoji) (red circle emoji) we’d let you know straight away. So all good.”
The Daily Telegraph has reported that dozens of text message exchanges between Frias and “Julian” reveal in extraordinary detail how Mexican traffickers arranged to ship 1the 6 kilograms of the deadly drug ice into Australia using her as the receiver — and how her initial dreams of instant wealth created a nightmare where both she and her girlfriend now face potential life prison sentences.
The NSW Court has been told that on February 20 Frias told Thomas she had received a message from DHL saying that the goods were on their way.
During their exchange a “scared” Thomas wrote to her: “Im imagining they send police with the package”.
Ultimately she was right. The Australian Federal Police uncovered the plastic boxes of ice inside the Sony audio speakers once they arrived in Sydney — even though they had been wrapped in carbon paper and silver foil to try and avoid x-ray detection.
They replaced the drug with an inert substance and a cop posed as a courier delivering the speakers to Frias at an Airbnb in Rozelle, court documents claim.
Later in the day Thomas touched base.
“Hiiiii whats going on???”
“Nothing Imma leave soon …. I have to come back later tonight to unscrew them,” Frias wrote back.
“Far out … so intense,” Thomas replied.
The AFP replaced the ice found inside the speakers with an inert substance before an undercover officer posed as a courier to deliver the speakers to Frias.
The drugs had been wrapped in carbon paper and foil in an attempt to avoid x-ray detection.
Later they joked about getting to keep the speakers and Frias texted about how they were “very big … 20 kilos each … Carried them all by myself.”
Thomas has been living at her mother’s $4.5 million Bondi home while on bail.