Nathan Baggaley

Law
Australian Olympic canoeist and brother convicted of smuggling 650 kilos of cocaine
Nathan Baggeley (#5) in action at the 2005 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Nathan Baggeley (#5) in action at the 2005 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Credit: Perix (Public Domain)

Nathan Baggaley won silver twice at the 2004 Olympics and, according to the court's assessment, bought and prepared the boat for a large cocaine deal. He was not on board later, but his brother and another person were. They had tried to take over about 650 kilograms of cocaine from another ship far off the Australian coast. According to the BBC, the drugs had a market value of about 200 million Australian dollars (about 130 million euros).

However, the Australian Air Force, in cooperation with the border police, had filmed the handover from the air. In addition, a navy ship followed the criminals' boat. During the following chase on the water, video footage shows Dru Baggaley throwing numerous drug packages overboard. Baggaley now faces life in prison.