No bail for Olympian over $200m drug haul

Olympic silver medal kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been denied bail over an alleged cocaine plot.
Olympic silver medal kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been denied bail over an alleged cocaine plot.

World champion kayaker and Olympic silver medallist Nathan Baggaley has been denied bail for a second time.

The 44-year-old was allegedly involved in a botched plan to import about $200 million worth of cocaine into Australia.

Baggaley's bail application was dismissed in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday after proceedings were held in a closed court.

He was also refused bail in August last year after a judge was told Baggaley could be a flight risk or reoffend in an attempt to repay the syndicate that allegedly supplied the cocaine.

The three-times world champion is accused of buying a $100,000 boat that his brother and another man allegedly used to collect almost 600kg of cocaine from a larger vessel off the coast of northern NSW in 2018.

Dru Baggaley and Anthony Draper were arrested in August 2018 after a sea chase about 70 kilometres off Byron Bay.

The pair allegedly dumped the drug haul overboard while trying to flee authorities.

Nathan Baggaley was arrested in June last year following a 10-month investigation.

Australian Associated Press