Australian Border Force officers have seized 95 kilograms of cocaine from a cruise ship in Sydney.
The massive drug haul was discovered yesterday, during a raid on a cruise ship in Sydney Harbour.
“On Sunday 28 August, ABF officers boarded the vessel when it berthed in Sydney Harbour, and with the assistance of detector dogs, searched a number of passenger cabins on the ship,” the Australian Federal Police said in a statement.
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“During this search, approximately 95 kilograms of cocaine was located, packed in suitcases.”
Three Canadian nationals, a 63-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and a 23-year old woman were arrested at the scene.
All three are due to face Sydney Central Local court today, charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine – an offence which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
ABF Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Border Command, Clive Murray said that this was yet another example of international cooperation leading to significant results in the fight against international drug syndicates.
“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” Assistant Commissioner Murray said.
Investigations remain ongoing and further arrests have not been ruled out.