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.
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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.
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.