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Australian racing heavyweight arrested on drug importation charges

One of the country’s most prominent racehorse owners, Damion Flower, has been arrested on drugs importation charges overnight.

Flower has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, believed to be cocaine, following a joint investigation by the NSW Organised Crime Squad and Federal Police.

A Sydney Airport baggage handler has also been taken into custody and charged.

Newscorp’s Mark Morri reports the arrests came after Border Force officers made a massive bust, seizing 25kg of cocaine.

Flower gained fame as the owner of champion sprinter Snitzel, who has gone on to become one of the world’s leading sires.

The high-profile identity owns more than 50 horses, trained by Brad Widdup out of Platinum Park at Hawkesbury.

He’s also the owner of a slot in the $14-million The Everest, the world’s richest race on turf, held at Royal Randwick in October.

Damion Flower is expected to face Liverpool court today.

Ray Hadley says the news will “rock the racing industry”.

“Absolutely rock it!

“I’ve got to admit I was in a state of shock… it seems incomprehensible.”

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