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Teenager Apostle Broikos facing life in prison after being charged with trafficking drugs


Baby-faced teen with a private school education is facing LIFE in jail after becoming one of the youngest people charged over the An0m raids – but says he is too young to be in an adult prison

  • Apostle Broikos, 18, has been charged with manufacturing and trafficking drugs
  • He faces a fine of up to $1million, life behind bars or both over the charges
  • He’s one in 250 Australians allegedly connected to a large crime syndicate
  • Broikos had attended one of Adelaide’s private schools St Ignatius’ College 

A baby-faced teenager has claimed he’s too young to be kept in an adult jail as he faces life behind bars for allegedly trafficking drugs. 

Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest alleged associates of the crime syndicate Operation Ironside, was on May 19 charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug in Yamba, northern New South Wales.

Operation Ironside was initiated after the United States’ FBI decrypted ‘An0m’, an online communications platform used by Australian gang figures. 

In a three-year collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, the operation has resulted in more than 250 arrests across Australia. 

Broikos has also been charged with manufacturing and trafficking a controlled drug between January 1 and August 19, 2020. 

Broikos faces a fine of up to $1million, life behind bars or both for the charges. 

The former private school student from Adelaide’s St Ignatius’ College appeared in court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody for another two weeks – despite his lawyer arguing he should be released on bail due to his young age.

Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest alleged associates of the crime syndicate, has been charged with serious drug offences

Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest alleged associates of the crime syndicate, has been charged with serious drug offences

Broikos and several of his co-accused will appear again in court on July 1

Broikos and several of his co-accused will appear again in court on July 1

Broikos is the youngest South Australian to be allegedly connected to the sting.

Photos from his time at St Ignatius show him participating in various sporting teams. 

His co-accused on the charges include his uncle Theodore Tasman Broikos, Mark James Press and Comanchero bikie boss Cain Robert Dalwood who remain in custody to await trial. 

On May 19, Broikoswas charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug in Yamba, northern NSW

On May 19, Broikoswas charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug in Yamba, northern NSW

Press and Dalwood are also accused of conspiracy to murder.  

Broikos and several of his co-accused will appear again in court on July 1.

During the alleged crime stint police have acted on 21 threats to kill, including saving a family of five.  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the AFP operation, known as Operation Ironside, had struck a ‘heavy blow’ against organised crime. 

‘The operation puts Australia at the forefront of the fight against criminals who peddle in human misery and ultimately, it will keep our communities and Australians safe,’ he said last week.

‘Illicit drug use ruins lives and fuels organised crime.’ 

Ninja Warrior 2017 contestant Sopiea Kong was among those arrested. The 33-year-old was charged last week following a raid at a Kangaroo Point home, where police allegedly seized 154g of meth.

Kong, who was also allegedly in possession of $2,030 cash and a revolver, was granted bail and will appear in court on June 28.

Former Bachelorette star Samuel Minkin, who appeared on Becky and Elly Miles’ season of the dating show, was also arrested and charged with possessing a large commercial quantity of cannabis after police stopped a van in Byron Bay last month.  

The alleged offenders are linked to the Australian-based Italian mafia – known as the Ndrangheta – as well as outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian crime syndicates and Albanian organised crime figures. 

Broikos went to St Ignatius' College where he competed in several of the school's sport teams

Broikos went to St Ignatius’ College where he competed in several of the school’s sport teams



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