The son of former New South Wales Liberal Party leader Kelly Chkalovsky has been charged with offering drugs on the dark web under the username “AusCokeKing” in exchange for cryptocurrency.
Mark Chkalovsky, 37, was arrested Thursday at an apartment complex in Bondi Junction, east of Sydney.
Superintendent Matthew Kraft said Chkalovsky was shocked when police arrived at his home, and when officers arrested him, he wore gloves and had a package of illegal drugs ready for mailing. claimed to have been
“I don’t think he was even aware that law enforcement had an interest in his activities at the time,” Investigator Saputo Kraft said Friday.
“He was packing illegal drugs and getting ready to mail them…
“He was taking precautions and was wearing gloves when he was actually arrested.”
Chkalovsky was later charged with 31 counts, including 16 counts of knowingly supplying prohibited substances as criminal proceeds, and 16 counts of supplying prohibited substances (indictable and commercial quantities).
He appeared in Waverley District Court on Friday and was granted bail on the condition that he make daily police calls, observe a curfew, surrender his passport and refrain from using electronic devices.
According to multiple media reports, a $500,000 bond was offered for Chkalovsky’s release.
Chkalovsky’s mother led the New South Wales Liberal Party from 1999 to 2002, being the first female opposition leader in New South Wales.
She then founded her own consultancy, Chkalovsky & Associates.
Police claim the 37-year-old has received cryptocurrency in exchange for banned drugs thousands of times since 2017.
Detectives launched an investigation in January looking into the supply of banned substances across New South Wales using dark web markets.
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“During the course of their investigation, detectives identified markets facilitating the supply of cocaine, methylamphetamine and MDMA in exchange for cryptocurrencies,” New South Wales Police said in a statement.
Officers executed a search warrant around 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon at an apartment in Bondi Junction and a house in Vaucluse.
“Investigators found prohibited drugs, computers, $30,000 in cash, various cryptocurrencies worth approximately $269,000, and two Porsche SUVs,” police said in a statement.
Det Supt Kraft said large amounts of cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine were all on the premises, as well as restricted prescription drugs.
These items were seized for forensic examination.
Chkalovsky next appears in court on July 13.
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