Despite lying that he was a personal trainer who sold vapes to make a living, the truth was that Christian Tachev was a drug smuggler. He was part of a drug trafficking operation based in Western Australia.
Tachev would help transport bags of money and drugs for criminals, and his crimes earned him 11 years in prison.
He did not know that the police had been conducting an operation when he was caught. In fact, during this sting, they managed to get a photo of the man, totally in shock, after realizing he had lost millions worth of drugs.
According to the court, the drugs were worth between $7.5 million to $9.4 million in the streets. He had buried the stash in bushland, and when he came back for it, he found it missing.
Tachev was under police surveillance for some time before he was eventually arrested. Ultimately, he was able to lead them to where he had buried 15 kgs of methamphetamine.
The police pounced on him as he was loading $378k into the back of a car.
Last year, he had buried 10 kgs of drugs in Edgewater Park, which is to the north of Perth. After that, a Hell's Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member came and dug it up.
The biker was put under arrest.
The police had also learned about another spot that Tachev had visited, and they found 5 kgs of meth at that location. After that, the police were able to get a warrant that allowed them to set up camera surveillance.
The camera caught Tachev as he showed up to collect the stash. He dug for 25 minutes while wearing gloves.
Eventually, he started to realize that his package was gone. He was quite shocked.
At this point, the police had already dug up the drugs.
It was not immediately apparent if the package he sought had money or drugs. Nevertheless, the police found him with a huge sum of money later on.
After his arrest, he was accused of commercial drug trafficking. He also faced charges of dealing with the proceeds of crime.
During his sentencing, the judge pointed out that the crimes Tachev had committed were "most serious." The judge also said that Tachev had been motivated by nothing but financial gain.
Nevertheless, the court accepted that his role in drug-related crimes could be considered that of a courier.
Still, the judge felt that Tachev was quite sophisticated in the manner through which he buried and concealed the drugs in various bushland areas within Perth. The locations the judge referenced could only be located using GPS coordinates.
So, even though the judge described him as a courier, he still felt that Tachev was instrumental in the methamphetamine trafficking operation that was taking place in the community.
The judge also said that Tachev was trusted by other people involved in the illegal trade. Therefore, that gave him an important role in ensuring that the criminals were successful in their drug trafficking operations.
The drugs the police seized reportedly took about 150,000 hits from the streets.
Josh Gilmour, an AFP Senior Constable, noted that people like Tachev, who helped move money and drugs for criminal gangs, were vital in ensuring that these criminals profited from their harmful operations.
Gilmour insisted that the police were working hard to ensure that drugs did not reach the communities, which involved arresting those who took part in their distribution.
After serving seven and a half years of his sentence, Tachev will have an opportunity to apply for parole.