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Three men charged with shipping 42kg of crystal meth to Australia

Two Taiwanese nationals and a Brisbane man are facing the possibility of life in jail after having been charged with importing approximately 42 kilograms of the destructive drug ice into Australia.

Australian Border Force officers allegedly uncovered the large quantity of crystal meth on a shipment that arrived in Sydney at the beginning of May.

The drugs were allegedly found concealed within two large steel rollers.

PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police identified the people behind the sea consignment and, on Wednesday afternoon, conducted simultaneous raids in Sydney and Brisbane.

The two Taiwanese nationals aged 28 and 38 were arrested at an address at Hurstville, in Sydney’s south, while a 37-year-old man was arrested at Sunnybank in Brisbane.

The Taiwanese nationals were each charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth) and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

They were scheduled to appear in the Sydney Central Local court yesterday.

The Brisbane man was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth).

He was scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Arrest court yesterday.

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

The 42kg of meth was found concealed within two steel rollers PHOTO: Supplied by the Australian Federal Police

Australian Federal Police Commander Paul Osborne, Manager Crime Operations, said the interception of the importation and the charging of the three men was a clear win in the fight against illicit drugs.

“Our officers and partners are committed to identifying and disrupting importations such as this, and it is particularly satisfying to know that at least 420,000 street deals of methamphetamine won’t be available in our communities as a result of this hard work,” Commander Osborne said.

Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald said the detection demonstrated the value in using intelligence to identify and target high-risk sea cargo.

“The ABF works closely with our domestic and international law enforcement partners, including the AFP, to share intelligence and target criminal activity at the border,” Commander Fitzgerald said.

“In this case, we’ve stopped a significant quantity of dangerous and illegal drugs from reaching the community and potentially causing great harm.”

If convicted, all three men face life imprisonment.

Investigations are continuing.

Man killed, another seriously hurt in two-car crash west of Brisbane

A man has died and another has been seriously injured following a two-car crash west of Brisbane overnight.

Police said the crash happened on the Warrego Highway at Dinmore in Ipswich just after 6.10pm.

The driver of one of the vehicles, a 58-year-old Riverview man, was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital overnight.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 43-year-old Lowood man, was seriously injured and conveyed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment.

The highway was closed for several hours while the scene was examined and the wreckage cleared.

Investigations into the crash are continuing with police appealing for any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers.

Two from Qld and NSW face fraud charges

A former Queensland public servant and a director of a Sydney-based construction company are facing fraud charges following a corruption investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

The CCC will allege the former employee of The Public Trustee of Queensland used his position to dishonestly obtain $42,000.

The CCC will further allege the payments were made by the director of a construction company after he received favourable treatment by the former employee of The Public Trustee.

The Public Trustee notified the CCC in July 2015 of allegations of corrupt conduct and has fully assisted the CCC with its investigation.

It is important to note that the CCC will not allege any money misappropriated were funds held by The Public Trustee on behalf of their clients.

The former public servant, a 53-year-old Perth man, was arrested by Western Australia Police on behalf of the CCC on Tuesday 5 April. He appeared in a Perth court on 6 April and was extradited to Queensland.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 8 April to face one count of fraud and one count of uttering a forged document. He is expected to reappear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 9 May.

On 29 April, a 43-year-old Sydney man was arrested by New South Wales Police on behalf of the CCC. He was charged with one count of fraud. He was bailed on the condition he appears in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today 3 May.

The CCC’s investigation remains ongoing. As this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further.

Intruders on the run after residents belted with baseball bat in Qld

Two men are on the run from police after they allegedly invaded a home north of Brisbane and belted those inside with a baseball bat.

Police are referring to the incident as “burglary with violence”, saying the two men allegedly forced their way into the Thompson Crescent home in Clontarf at around 5am on Monday.

In a statement released to media, police said the two intruders – one of whom was armed with a baseball bat – demanded money from two male residents and bashed them with the bat before fleeing on foot.

Police said one of the residents, a 29-year-old man, was treated by paramedics at the scene for a laceration to his head and bruising.

As investigations into the brutal attack and the hunt for the intruders continues, police are urging anyone with information to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

One of the men is described as being Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall, of a solid build and bald with blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved grey shirt with blue jeans.

The second man has not been described.

Toddler suffers head injuries in Brisbane fall

A toddler has head injuries after falling out of a second storey window in Brisbane on Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at a home in The Gap in the city’s north west before 6:15am.

The boy is in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said the three-year-old boy was lucky to have landed on grass.