Greek Australian Charged Over $20 Million Cocaine Bust Found Dead in Cell

Dimitrios Mavris. Photo via Facebook

An accused drug smuggler was found dead in his Sydney prison cell two days after being arrested for allegedly importing $20 million worth of cocaine from South America.

Greek Australian Dimitrios Mavris was arrested at Sydney airport a week ago and was due to face court Wednesday but was found dead in his Surry Hills cell Friday night.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

His Greek Australian lawyer, Sam Chamas, told the ABC his wife and children were devastated and Mr Mavris had no previous criminal record.

“I don’t understand how this could happen,” he said.

“I visited my client on Friday morning and he was in good spirits.”

Mavris and his wife pictured in a Facebook photo

Mavris, a 48-year-old mechanic, was accused of hiding $20 million worth of cocaine among frozen fish in three shipping containers sent from Peru between September 2017 and March 2018.

Mavris was charged over importing cocaine that was hidden in frozen fish from Peru

He was reportedly kidnapped by armed men in Colombia, but was rescued by local police after being found in an abandoned house in a rural area.