A quirky Superyacht tour operator accused of importing 108kg of cocaine has reversed its decision to seek bail.
James Blee, also known as Jimmy, was arrested in Cairns on May 11 as he was about to board a one-way flight to Singapore.
Two days earlier, the body of Brazilian professional diver Bruno Borges, 31, was found in the water near the port of Newcastle surrounded by an estimated $20 million worth of cocaine.
Bricks of the drugs were found wrapped in plastic packaging floating near Mr Borges’ body and police recovered a further 50 kilograms from the sea chest of a nearby Argentine cargo ship.
Police alleged that Mr Blee, 62, had traveled from Indonesia to Darwin with Mr Borges and another man in the days before the death and the discovery of the cocaine.
It is further alleged that Mr Blee and Mr Borges were filmed on CCTV buying high-end scuba gear from a Newcastle dive shop.
Mr Blee, who resides in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, was charged with importing 108kg of cocaine and supplying the same amount.
He has entered no plea and remains in pre-trial detention in NSW Jail following his extradition from Queensland.
Mr Blee’s case was briefly mentioned in Sydney Central Local Court on Friday, where he was registered to apply for bail.
Defense attorney Alex Somers told the court a bail application would no longer be made and he did not provide a reason for the change in plan.
Magistrate Susan Horan adjourned the case to July 13.
After his arrest, Mr Blee told reporters he regretted the situation he found himself in.
“I would like to apologize to my friends and family for the general situation I have put them in at this time,” he said.
“The court process will show the end result and what will happen, but this fact, it has come to this stage, I’m so sorry.”