Retired oral surgeon becomes oldest person charged with drug trafficking

August 11, 2015

The reportedly devout Christian says he was victimized by a drug gang via email. He attempted to bring about 10 lbs. of cocaine, worth about $1 million, hidden in 27 bars of soap to Australia from India.

Victor Twartz, 91, is said to be the oldest person charged with drug trafficking.

The reportedly devout Christian says he was victimized by a drug gang via email. He attempted to bring about 10 lbs. of cocaine, worth about $1 million, hidden in 27 bars of soap to Australia from India.

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Twartz says he received an all-expenses-paid trip to India and was told he needed to sign a document to receive a hefty inheritance. He reportedly was given the soap prior to his flight home and told it contained gifts for the bank manager handling the funds in Australia. He claims he examined the soap and even flaked pieces of it off. He noticed a white substance but thought it was part of the product.

Twartz's family contacted police about the incident following their discovery of lengthy email communication between the former oral surgeon and the gang.

Facing charges of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine in a Sydney court, Twartz's case has been adjourned to October. He was released on bail but faces life in prison.

Officials say said in the past two years, 40 Australians have been arrested in similar scams. Many target the elderly or mentally ill, whom they see as more vulnerable.

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