John Tambakakis, 35, and Danny Awad, 41, have been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years behind bars by the Victorian County Court.
Judge Mark Dean said, “You will each be sentenced on the basis that you were senior members of a criminal organisation engaged in a crime of the utmost seriousness for profit.”
The pair were found guilty by a jury in September for possessing a commercial quantity of cocaine. The duo were alleged for plans to traffic it though they had not been involved in importing the haul.
The Australian Federal Police had intercepted the shipment which had a street value from around $9.3 to $12.4 million when it arrived from Mexico to Melbourne. Authorities had substituted the cocaine with harmless powder which the pair took to a warehouse rented under a fake name at Airport West. They were arrested the next day.