Accused cocaine smugglers face Vic court

Jacqueline Le

One of two Mexican men charged with importing 300kg of cocaine worth $105 million into Melbourne is worried about his safety in prison.

Eduardo Radamez Chavez Gonzalez , 33, and Gabriel Altamirano Galindo, 34, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday after authorities seized the drug allegedly hidden in pallets of cocoa and coffee powder.

Gonzalez's barrister, Kurt Esser, said his client "has a genuine concern about his safety in a foreign place".

"It's not based on any factual evidence or hearsay," he told Magistrate Ross Maxted.

"He hasn't been to jail before."

Counsel for Galindo, Jasmine Pisasale, also said it was the 34-year-old's first time in custody.

"He suffers from anxiety," she added.

Galindo and Gonzalez have each been charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine on November 10.

Gonzalez faces an additional charge of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine.

The pair were charged on Wednesday after the drugs were discovered during a raid on an Altona business earlier in November, allegedly concealed in boxes labelled as food products.

It followed a joint federal and state investigation into Gonzalez, who was first arrested at Melbourne Airport with a small quantity of cocaine earlier in November.

Galindo was arrested on Wednesday after police raided homes at Port Melbourne and Balaclava.

Both men have been remanded into custody to reappear in court on March 22.