A combined operation between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force has resulted in the seizure of nearly four tonnes of drugs with an approximate street value of $350 million.
Following a tip-off from Thai authorities, investigations began into suspected large-scale imports of drugs into Sydney.
On September 15, police searched a cargo ship off the coast of New South Wales which was found to be carrying more than 1000 cartons of iced tea.
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However, tests revealed one-third of the cartons contained liquid ephedrine, a precursor to making the drug ice.
Police confiscated 3.9 tonnes of the chemical, making it the largest seizure of precursor chemicals in Australia’s history.
The raids at sea continued when authorities searched a second sea cargo container on September 23 which held 50 drums of a liquid plaster solution.
Seven sealed packets of white crystalline substance were found inside each drum, which is understood to have tested positive for methamphetamine.
The total amount of methamphetamine contained in the drums is estimated to be around 350 kilograms, with an approximate street value of $350 million.
Following the extensive investigation, two men in Sydney were arrested on October 4 for their alleged roles in the importation.