Police charged Mr Cutmore under Pandemic Act 2020

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Police have charged alleged 52 year old pilot and cocaine drug smuggler David John Cutmore from Melbourne, Australia, under the National Pandemic act 2020 as investigations continue into the cocaine smuggling racket in PNG and Australia.

COVID – 19 Pandemic Controller and Police Commissioner David Manning said Cutmore and four others appeared before the Waigani District Court today and their cases adjourned to later this month.

Mr Manning said Cutmore and 52 year old Italian Carlo D’ Attanasio, and three other Papua New Guineans appeared briefly before the Waigani District Court today and have been remanded in custody to appear again on 25 August 2020 for plea.

He said additional charges will be laid under the Criminal Code Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act as police continue investigations.

“Cutmore was charged with conveying on board an aircraft smuggled goods namely 611 kilograms of cocaine and failure to comply with International Travel Measures under the National Pandemic Act 2020.

“Carlo D’Attania has been charged with one count of smuggling of prohibited imports namely 611 kilograms of cocaine and one count of possession of 50 grams of cocaine under the Customs Act,” Mr Manning said.

D’Attania was alleged to have brought the 611 kg of cocaine on a yacht and off-loaded the illicit drug at Kupiano.

The drug was then taken by road to Papa Lealea in the Central Province where it was supposed to be flown out.

Mr Manning said the other Papua New Guineans, Morgan Mogu, 35 years from Abau,  30 year old Shane Dikana,  both from Central province and Dominic Terupo, 35 years from Mortlock Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville were charged for aiding the foreigners and also conveying smuggled goods under the Customs Act.

“I again reiterate the statement by the Prime Minister that we will leave no stones unturned in our investigations.

“We are working closely with our international law enforcement networks and let me reassure the people of Papua New Guinea that those involved criminally in the country and abroad will be dealt with,” Mr Manning said.

He also urged people to not spread unnecessary and false information especially in social media. He said police will not hesitate to arrest such people as this is a sensitive matter and can affect the police investigations.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS

COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force

Mobile: 75430557: Email: ddkakas@gmail.com

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