We’re getting quite a few drug-bust specials on the box lately, first with Seven’s Drug Bust and now with Nine’s replacement for Top Gear Australia (now at 9:30pm).
Nine had Under Surveillance: Australian Druglords on air last year, hosted by Gary Sweet. An episode of the 9 part series from Southern Star received some complaints from NSW police that the show compromised the identities of undercover members and was subsequently re-edited.
Nine now airs Under Surveillance: Charlotte’s Web which looks at, a 2007 NSW drug sting involving Charlotte Lindstrom, presented by Leila McKinnon.
This one-hour special, presented by Leila McKinnon, covers one of the biggest drug stings in police history: The Charlotte Lindstrom case.
For the first time video evidence, real police footage and secret recordings have been released.
In late 2005, NSW fire fighters are called to a warehouse in Sydney’s west. On their way to the location a mystery caller tries to call off the 000 response. Fire fighters arrive and discover that the warehouse is actually a highly sophisticated drug laboratory – the largest secret drug lab in Australian history.
Police discover $127 million worth of ecstasy. The drug lord, whose signed alias is on the lease, is Steven Spaliviero. He lives with his young fiancé, Swedish model, Charlotte Lindstrom in a waterfront apartment in Sydney’s CBD. Steve is subsequently arrested and jailed but he claims he’s innocent. He says he’s just a wealthy property developer.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is desperate to get him out of jail and discovers police have two witnesses who will testify that Steve Spaliviero bought drug equipment off them. Their evidence will bring him down.
What happens next is so shocking police can barely believe what they’re hearing – Charlotte is secretly organising to kill the two witnesses. Police swoop and arrest her.
In a bid to get a reduced jail sentence, Charlotte then does the unthinkable and rolls on her drug lord fiancé. The evidence linking Steve Spaliviero to the Sydney lab is damning – there are the two witnesses, the DNA evidence, the 000 call and now Charlotte.
Under Surveillance: Charlotte’s Web reveals, for the first time, the real police footage and video evidence including footage of police searches of their apartment and the discovery during those searches of the evidence which would see Spaliviero jailed for 16 years.
8:30pm Tuesday on Nine.