Four charged after $2m of cocaine found in shipping crates

FOUR men have been arrested and charged after allegedly importing more than five kilograms of cocaine into Sydney on a ship from South America.

The sea consignment containing wooden ornaments arrived in Sydney from Peru on December 3.

While X-raying its contents, Border Force officers noted several anomalies within a number of crates.


The crates were deconstructed, and 5.3kg of cocaine was allegedly found concealed inside. Police estimate the drugs could have fetched $2 million if sold at street level.

Border Force officers referred the matter to NSW Police and the cocaine was seized for forensic analysis.

Detectives set up Strike Force Moolana to investigate the importation and, following extensive inquiries, arrested a 58-year-old man at a club in Bossley Park on Tuesday.

A short time later, strike force police along with the Public Order and Riot Squad raided four homes in Bossley Park, Bligh Park, Green Valley and Wetherill Park.

During the searches, police seized cocaine, computers, mobile phones and more than $115,000 in cash.

A brown substance believed to have been used in drug extraction was also seized.

Three other men aged in their 40s, 50s and 70s, were arrested and each charged with a list of offences, including large commercial drug supply and being part of a criminal group.

The 58-year-old man arrested at the club in Bossley Park is accused of directing the criminal group.

All four men were remanded in custody and due to appear at local courts later today.

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