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Aussie Poker Pro Sentenced for Cocaine Smuggling
Professional poker player David Saab has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in trying to smuggle 14.6 kg of cocaine into Australia.
Saab will serve at least 10 years behind bars before being considered for parole.
His two co-accused, Darren Hughes and Robert Remeeus, were each given lesser sentences of eight years in jail with a five-year minimum.
All three pleaded guilty but the judge sentenced Saab the heaviest for his role in recruiting the others into the scheme and being the key organiser.
The three were arrested in January of this year after the drugs were found in a shipment of agricultural equipment to Sydney from Canada.
The shipment was tracked to Melbourne where the three were arrested and charged with importing and possessing a commercial quantity of cocaine.
The street value of the cocaine was estimated to be between $6.5 and $8.5 million.
On the felt, Saab has well over half a million in live tournament earnings including a 46th-place finish at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event for $135,000.
His biggest live tournament result was a win at the 2008 Asian Poker Tour event in Manila for $230,000.
The three apparently met through playing poker. Remeeus played online poker under the alias remo_04 and had a few cashes online including a win in a Full Tilt Poker $75k Guaranteed event for $39,015.