A light plane stashed with cocaine crashed on take-off on its way to Australia.
The police disclosed this on Saturday.
The Cesna aircraft was loaded with more than 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and went down while trying to leave a distant airstrip in Papua New Guinea on July 26.
The total value of the cocaine was estimated to be around 80 million Australian dollars ($57M USD).
The detained masterminds behind the cocaine stash — aged 31, 36, 31, 33, and 61 — were charged with a variety of crimes.
Moreover, a number of assets were also seized by police, with an estimated total value of $3.5 million AUD.