There have been a few reports of elderly people that have been busted for being players in the dope game. However, their cases did not seem as dire as that of Victor Twartz, a 92-year-old retired oral surgeon facing life in prison for smuggling multiple kilos of cocaine into Australia. However, it appears the man come to be known as “the world’s oldest drug mule” can breathe easy, now. According to reports, prosecutors have dropped charges against Twartz, who was due to appear in North Wales District Court on February 22.
In July, Twartz was arrested when Australia Federal Police officers searched his luggage at a Sydney and found packages of soap that tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the coke came to 4.5 kilos, which is said to be worth $1.3 million on the street. Twartz claimed ignorance, saying that he was given the soap as gift packages, in New Delhi, to take home with him.
Twartz’s family is also relieved that his charges have been dropped. ‘It’s certainly been very stressful for him. Obviously at 92, it’s not something he would expect to be pressured with,” said his son, Peter Twartz, who believes his father got caught up in a scam.
The predicament didn’t stop Twartz from swagging on the authorities every chance he could. The Daily Mail reports:
Throughout his previous court appearances Mr Twartz has cut a dapper figure.
In his last court appearance in November he wore a dark brown suit jacket with a patterned blue shirt and aqua tie, complete with a neatly tucked handkerchief and plain white bucket hat.
The elderly man also made quite an impression at a court appearance on October 6, squishing into a replica looking sports car with three other friends to make a grand exit.
Dressed in a smart tweed suit and tie with a tartan scarf and carrying a hat, Mr Twartz squeezed into the little convertible with the three others, as they drove the accused out of the city.
Twartz’s case drove the Australian Federal Police and Border Force to warn the public that aloofness won’t save you from the long arm of the law. ‘Claiming ignorance of drugs hidden inside your luggage does not automatically mean you will not face criminal charges,’ said Wayne Buchhorn, AFP Acting National Manager of Aviation.