A MAN who allegedly corrupted the former top crime fighter Mark Standen, plotting with him to import enough precursor drugs to make $120 million of the drug ice, has finally been extradited to Australia to face trial.
James Henry Kinch, a British national, was flown to Sydney two weeks ago, after more than four years in a Thai jail.
Now 54, Kinch had been in Thailand's Klong Prem prison since his arrest in June 2008. He had been arrested as Dutch and Australian authorities also swooped on their targets as part of investigations into an international drug-smuggling cartel.
Standen and a third co-accused, Bakhos ''Bill'' Jalalaty, have been convicted over their part in the conspiracy.
Kinch has been charged with 20 offences, including that he conspired to pervert the course of justice, conspired to export a commercial quantity of drugs, that he engaged in the supply of a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, and that he knowingly possessed money or other property that were the proceeds of crime.
He will face Sydney's Central Local Court on Friday.
Standen's Supreme Court trial last year heard that the former top police investigator had first met Kinch when Standen was the assistant director of the NSW Crime Commission.
In an email to his colleagues at the commission in 2002, Standen told his investigators Kinch was a ''high-profile target capable of importing very large quantities of drugs to the UK and Australia''.
Standen and Jalalaty were jailed for a minimum of 16 and six years respectively.