A major investigation is underway after almost $100 million worth of the drug ‘ice’ was found hidden in electric barbecue grills and water heaters from Thailand.
Officers from the Australian Border Force made the shock discovery after intercepting a consignment that had arrived by sea cargo at Port Botany on May 4.
The consignment contained 62 large cardboard boxes, which were declared to contain food items and electric barbeque grills.
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However, officers became suspicious and began to deconstruct them, uncovering about 316kg of a “crystallised substance”.
“The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine, which has an estimated potential street value of $94.5 million,” NSW police said.
A dedicated strike force involving detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad, officers from ABF, Australian Federal Police and the NSW Crime Commission has now been set up to investigate the import.
Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.
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