Operation Ironside: Apostle Broikos faces another drug charge

Emily CosenzaNCA NewsWire
Another charge has been laid against Apostle Broikos, who is the youngest person in SA arrested under Operation Ironside. NCA NewsWire / Naomi Jellicoe
Camera IconAnother charge has been laid against Apostle Broikos, who is the youngest person in SA arrested under Operation Ironside. NCA NewsWire / Naomi Jellicoe Credit: News Corp Australia

The baby-faced teenager accused of manufacturing and trafficking drugs as part of Operation Ironside has been slapped with another similar charge.

Apostle Broikos, 19, is the youngest South Australian to get caught up in the joint AFP and FBI sting that resulted in the arrests of more than 250 Australians.

He was initially charged with manufacturing a controlled drug and trafficking in a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

BABY FACE BROIKOS
Camera IconApostle Broikos, 19, is the youngest person arrested in South Australia as part of Operation Ironside. NCA NewsWire / Kelly Barnes Credit: News Corp Australia

The Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday was told an additional charge had been laid against him and nine other co-accused.

The teenager is now facing an additional two counts of trafficking in a large commercial quantity of a control drug over incidents that happened between March 24 and June 7 as well as between June 3 and June 7 in Adelaide this year.

Mr Broikos appeared for his brief hearing in person, again dressed in a navy blue suit.

Adelaide Court
Camera IconMr Broikos had another drug-related charge laid against him. NCA NewsWire / Naomi Jellicoe Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Broikos is also alleged to have trafficked a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine on May 19, 2021 at Yamba, just west of the Victoria-SA border.

He Broikos is accused of manufacturing and trafficking a controlled drug between January 1 and August 19 in 2020 at Morphett Vale.

The teenager, from Adelaide’s prestigious eastern suburb of Burnside, was initially remained in custody following his arrest but was granted home detention bail in June because of his age and vulnerability in prison.

He is yet to plead to all charges against him.

Supplied Editorial Apostle Broikos
Camera IconFollowing his release, he took to social media posing with his home detention bracelet. Snapchat Credit: Supplied

The court was previously told that Mr Broikos conspired with a co-accused – who cannot be named for legal reasons – to traffic 10kg of methamphetamine.

The prosecution also claimed the teenager distributed encrypted phones to “each and every An0m handset used by those associated with Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang” and agreed to wipe them on at least 10 occasions.

In relation to Mr Broikos’ drug manufacturing charge, the court was told that 11kg of methylamphetamine, 16kg of a cutting agent and 8kg of iodine were among the substances located during a police raid on August 18 last year at the Cocks Ave drug lab in Morphett Vale.

It was also alleged in court that the teen delivered cash payments to the man that police believe was the “cook” who made the drugs.

Mr Broikos graduated from St Ignatius College, one of Adelaide’s top private schools, in 2020.

He is due to reappear in court early next year.

Originally published as Operation Ironside: Apostle Broikos faces another drug charge

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