Chiropractor caught importing 600 bottles of South African white wine containing pure liquid cocaine
In the dramatic case of a chiropractor who deals drugs when he is about to die in prison for importing 600 bottles of liquid cocaine disguised as South African white wine
- Warren Brian Sipser, 44, admitted to smuggling more than 120 kg of cocaine
- He bought a shipment of wine from South Africa that was intercepted by police officers
- Sipser asked his innocent mother to pick up the shipment while he was hiding in a casino
- He was married to celebrity and wellness writer Andi Lew. You have a son
A wealthy chiropractor could face life imprisonment after smuggling $ 90 million worth of liquid cocaine in 600 bottles of white wine bought on eBay and leaving his unsuspecting mother to pick up the shipment.
Warren Brian Sipser was accused of importing more than 120 kg of cocaine from South Africa to Australia on December 13, 2018 after police raided his BMW, clinic and home in Melbourne’s posh Elwood suburb.
The 44-year-old fitness fan video link appeared from Barwon Prison in front of the County Court of Victoria on Thursday and couldn’t hold back tears when he pleaded guilty.
Sipser’s fall from grace is due in part to his breakup with celebrity and wellness writer Andi Lew nearly a decade ago.
Pictured: Warren Brian Sipser with his ex-wife Andi Lew. Ms. Lew is a socialite and wellness writer
Warren Brian Sipser was a former chiropractor and built his business with his ex-wife. They have a son together
His attorney Peter Morrissey told the court Sipser was a school captain and promising rugby player when he grew up in Johannesburg before moving to Australia in 1999 in his early twenties, the Herald Sun reported.
Sipser inas described as an “aspiring businessman” and “family man” who had a good life before becoming a drug mule.
In June 2018, the embarrassed chiropractor asked eBay for around 600 bottles of African Nederburg wine with the username ‘drwazzie’.
He then paid $ 3,100 for a batch of the same wine under a different username, which he sold under the name ‘Warren’ at the Hecho en Mexico restaurant on Bay Street in Brighton, near his chiropractic clinic in Elwood.
The owners of the restaurant, which is not licensed to sell alcohol, said they did not know Sipser.
The shipment was intercepted by border guards who tested the bottles and found that 342 contained pure liquid cocaine.
The investigators replaced the secret drug canisters with replicas and let the broadcast continue to be monitored.
Sipser was hiding at the Crown Casino when he called the courier on July 6 and asked them to change the delivery address from the Mexican restaurant to his clinic.
“He did not want to be present when a shipment was delivered that he knew contained cocaine,” said a police fact sheet.
Sipser has been described as an “aspiring businessman” and “family man” who had a good life before becoming a drug mule. His ex-wife Andi Lew is pictured
He called his mother to say he wouldn’t make it back to the clinic in time for the broadcast and left her to receive it, but was “irritated” by her not having the boxes on the sidewalk wanted to leave.
His innocent mother did what her son asked, leaving the boxes alone before Sipser drove his BMW back to the clinic and walked around for two hours trying to subtly check the wine bottles.
When two men in a white ute arrived to pick them up, the police rushed in and arrested the couple.
According to the police, the broadcast was supposedly destined for Sydney.
During the police raid in December 2018, detectives found 12 packets of cocaine in his home and car, hidden in freezer bags, a deodorant bottle and a Christmas tree shaker.
Sipser (pictured with Andi Lew) was hiding at the Crown Casino while the delivery of medicine was being delivered
When interviewed by police, he said he did not remember being at work the day the wine was delivered.
“I don’t remember attending – I went to the casino with my son,” he told police.
“I don’t remember going to work. I have certainly never touched that – what you are showing me here because I don’t remember. I don’t remember it, no. ‘
Detectives agreed that he hadn’t touched the boxes because he had asked his parents to do so instead.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and a charge of possession of a controlled drug and a maximum sentence for life behind bars.
A date for his sentencing has not been set.