Fake licences in drug scheme, court told

Andi Yu

A Sydney man accused of being part of an international cocaine syndicate used six fake NSW driver licences to "receive packages from America", a court has heard.

Jonathan Lindsay Fagan, a recovering drug addict, was arrested on Monday at a rehab facility in the beach suburb of Bronte and was charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine and committing an offence at the direction of an organisation.

His arrest was the result of a joint FBI and NSW police investigation into a international crime syndicate.

On Wednesday a magistrate at Sydney's Central Local Court denied the 31-year-old bail, saying his access to money and false identification made him a flight risk.

The court heard that in September last year investigators found six NSW licences bearing his photo, but different names and addresses.

Police also found several mobile phones, a money counter and seven sets of scales.

The prosecution said witnesses from America would come to Australia to give evidence in the case.

Fagan's lawyer, Brendan Green, argued his client should get bail because he was already obediently living under bail conditions for other, unrelated offences he was charged with last year.

The court heard Fagan's mother, who attended the court on Wednesday, had paid $200,000 surety for bail last year, and was prepared to put up $100,000 this time.

Fagan will next appear in court on November 23.