Two former Australian reality TV stars have been arrested in connection with a global FBI operation targeting organized crime and its use of encrypted communications devices.
Earlier this week, the federal government announced “Operation Trojan Shield, A massive investigation into global criminal networks that used the FBI’s relationship with an encrypted chat platform, “ANOM,” as a backdoor into ongoing illicit activity. So far, hundreds of people from dozens of countries have been arrested in connection with drug trafficking and money laundering, many of whom are based in Australia, where local authorities have worked in tandem with US officials to monitor and then crush the alleged crime syndicates.
In a surprising twist, a former competitor of the Australian version of The bachelorette is one of those arrested and now faces heavy drug charges, Motherboard recently reported. In the first and only episode he appeared in, Samuel Minkin apparently tried to woo two competitors making goose noises and giving them what is called a “dolphin kiss”. Your guess is as good as mine.
Either way, Minkin is now in serious trouble, after police arrested him in connection with the “Shield of Troy”, who allegedly found 365 pounds of grass in his car, reports the local newspaper the australian. Although small amounts of personal possession of marijuana have been decriminalized in the Australian capital Canberra in 2019, the drug remains illegal in most of the country. Even though Minkin was arrested in Canberra, something tells me that having hundreds of air-sealed bags stacked in your trunk isn’t quite “personal use.” Minkin now has a court date coming up.
Sopiea Kong, a former competitor on Australian Ninja Warrior– a reality show where contestants jump and leap through various obstacle courses in an attempt to be dubbed the most skillful. Kong, who appeared on the show in 2017, is now charged with drug trafficking after being found in possession of 154 grams of methamphetamine and a gun without a serial number.
Anyone can guess what made Kong and Minkin become Tony Montana. It is also not entirely clear how “Trojan Shield” investigators uncovered the former TV stars’ alleged links to the drug trade.
Until now, more than 800 people were arrested as part of the massive law enforcement effort. As the news continues to pour in, we’ll have to watch out for all of the former American Idol competitors who surrendered in the moonlight as narco-terrorists.