- Apostle Broikos, 18, has been charged with manufacturing and trafficking drugs
- He faces a fine of up to $1million, life behind bars or both over the charges
- He’s one in 250 Australians allegedly connected to a large crime syndicate
- Broikos had attended one of Adelaide’s private schools St Ignatius’ College
A baby-faced teenager has claimed he’s too young to be kept in an adult jail as he faces life behind bars for allegedly trafficking drugs.
Apostle Broikos, 18, one of the youngest alleged associates of the crime syndicate Operation Ironside, was on May 19 charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug in Yamba, northern New South Wales.
Operation Ironside was initiated after the United States’ FBI decrypted ‘An0m’, an online communications platform used by Australian gang figures.
In a three-year collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, the operation has resulted in more than 250 arrests across Australia.
Broikos has also been charged with manufacturing and trafficking a controlled drug between January 1 and August 19, 2020.
Broikos faces a fine of up to $1million, life behind bars or both for the charges.
The former private school student from Adelaide’s St Ignatius’ College appeared in court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody for another two weeks – despite his lawyer arguing he should be released on bail due to his young age.
Broikos is the youngest South Australian to be allegedly connected to the sting.
Photos from his time at St Ignatius show him participating in various sporting teams.
His co-accused on the charges include his uncle Theodore Tasman Broikos, Mark James Press and Comanchero bikie boss Cain Robert Dalwood who remain in custody to await trial.