AFP bust 300kg heroin shipment bound for Qld from Thailand

Two men have been arrested over a significant drug bust in Thailand that was expected to hit Queensland shores.

The pair allegedly communicated via encrypted messaging services, to try and get over 300 kilograms of heroin into Australia.

Initial raids were carried out in June, uncovering several encrypted communication devices.


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In July, Thailand authorities examined an outgoing sea cargo container destined for Queensland, leading to the discovery of 314 kilograms of heroin.

It’s alleged that the heroin was hidden within box-shaped objects, wrapped in plastic packing tape, in 135 paint drums inside a container.

The Australian Federal Police then carried out further search warrants in Edensor Park and Cambridge Park in Sydney last night.

Officers allegedly seized a number of items that will be the subject of further forensic examination.

A 38-year-old Edensor Park man and a 41-year-old Cambridge Park man have now been arrested and charged with a string of offences.

They’re both expected to front court today.

Details of the charges are listed below.

The Edensor Park man is charged with:

Conspire to import into Australia, a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely heroin, contrary to section 307.1(1), by virtue of section 11.5(1), of the Criminal Code (Cth);
Unauthorised possession of two prohibited weapons, namely a knuckle duster and a butterfly knife, contrary to section 7 of the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 (NSW);
Possession of a prohibited substance, namely MDMA, being a trafficable quantity of prohibited substance, contrary to section 25(1) of the Drug Misuse and trafficking Act 1985 (NSW); and
Failed to comply with a court order, issued under section 3LA(2) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth), contrary to section 3LA(5) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth);
The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment, 14 years’ imprisonment, 10 years’ imprisonment and five years’ imprisonment, respectively.

The Cambridge Park man is charged with conspire to import into Australia, a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely heroin, contrary to section 307.1(1), by virtue of section 11.5(1), of the Criminal Code (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.