Source ABC Posted Wed Jun 4, 2008 7:47am AEST
The New South Wales corruption watchdog has confirmed one of its workers is the girlfriend of a top drug investigator accused of trying to help with one of Australia's biggest-ever drug importations.
Mark Standen, an assistant director at the NSW Crime Commission, has allegedly worked with a Netherlands drug ring, with links to Asia, to import 600 kilograms of chemicals to make more than $120 million worth of ice.
Tasked with busting drug traffickers, the 51-year-old was privy to senior police chiefs' discussions of the most important investigations into organised crime.
He was remanded in custody at Central Local Court yesterday and is expected to apply for bail next week.
The Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, Jerrold Cripps, says Standen's girlfriend works for the watchdog in assessments and is on secondment from the Crime Commission.
Commissioner Cripps says she still works there and Federal Police have told managers she is not a suspect in the drug investigation.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) say the drug ring's plot was to import the chemicals in a container of rice shipped from Pakistan.
They raided the ship when it arrived on Anzac Day but found nothing. It is believed the chemicals were intercepted on the way.