Drug-dealing chiropractor’s dramatic fall from grace after he’s caught importing 600 bottles of South African white wine full of liquid cocaine
- Warren Brian Sipser, 44, admitted to smuggling more than 120kg of cocaine
- He bought a shipment of wine from South Africa, which was intercepted by cops
- Sipser asked his innocent mother to collect the shipment while he hid at a casino
- He used to be married to socialite and wellness author Andi Lew. They have a son
A wealthy chiropractor could be jailed for life after smuggling $90million worth of liquid cocaine in 600 white wine bottles that he bought on eBay, leaving his unsuspecting mother to collect the haul.
Warren Brian Sipser was charged with importing more than 120kg of cocaine from South Africa to Australia on December 13, 2018, after police raided his BMW, clinic, and home in the ritzy Melbourne suburb of Elwood.
The 44-year-old fitness fanatic appeared in the County Court of Victoria on Thursday via videolink from Barwon Prison, and couldn’t hold back the tears as he pleaded guilty.
Sipser’s fall from grace has partly been attributed to his split with socialite and wellness author Andi Lew almost a decade ago.
Pictured: Warren Brian Sipser with his ex wife Andi Lew. Ms Lew is a socialite and wellness author
Warren Brian Sipser used to be a chiropractor and built his business with his ex wife. They have one son together
His lawyer Peter Morrissey told the court Sipser was a school captain and promising rugby player while growing up in Johannesburg, before he moved to Australia in 1999 when he was in his early 20s, the Herald Sun reported.
Sipser was described as a ‘go-getting businessman’ and ‘family person’ who had a good life before he became a drug mule.
In June 2018, the disgraced chiropractor inquired about 600 bottles of African Nederburg wine on eBay with the username ‘drwazzie’.
He then paid $3,100 for a batch of the same wine using another username, which he set for delivery under the name ‘Warren’ at Hecho en Mexico restaurant in Bay Street in Brighton – near his chiropractic clinic in Elwood.
The owners of the restaurant, which does not have a license to sell alcohol, said they did not know Sipser.
The delivery was intercepted by border force officials who tested the bottles and found that 342 were holding pure liquid cocaine.
Investigators replaced the clandestine drug cannisters with replicas and let the shipment continue under surveillance.
Sipser hid at Crown Casino while 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 consignment he knew to contain cocaine was delivered,’ a police statement of facts read.
Sipser w as described as a ‘go-getting businessman’ and ‘family person’ who had a good life before he became 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 shipment and left her to receive it, but got ‘irritated’ with her when she didn’t want to leave the boxes sitting on the pavement.
His innocent mother did as her son asked and left the boxes alone, before Sipser drove his BMW back to the clinic and spent two hours walking around while trying to subtly check on the wine bottles.
When two men in a white ute arrived to pick them up, police swooped in and arrested the pair.
The consignment was allegedly destined for Sydney, according to police.
During the police raid in December 2018, detectives found 12 packets of cocaine in his home and car that were hidden in freezer bags, a deodorant bottle and inside a Christmas tree shaker.
Sipser (pictured with Andi Lew) hid at Crown Casino while the drug shipment was delivered
When interviewed by police, he said he didn’t remember being at work on the day the wine was delivered.
‘I don’t remember attending – I was with my son at the casino,’ he told police.
‘I don’t remember going to work. I certainly have not ever touched that – what you’re showing me here, because I don’t recall. I don’t remember it, no.’
Detectives agreed he didn’t touch the boxes because he asked his parents to do it instead.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, and one charge of possessing a controlled drug and faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars.
A date for his sentencing has not been set.
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