EIGHT people have been charged and more than half-a-tonne of methamphetamine has been seized following one of the largest drug busts in Australian history.
More than 500kg of the drug, worth an estimated $324 million, was allegedly found concealed in 396 tins of protein powder which arrived in Sydney on a sea container from the United States last month.
Australian Border Force officers detected the cargo and notified the Federal Police who covertly swapped the drug for another white substance and watched as it was delivered to an address at Smithfield, in Sydney’s west.
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It’s understood seven men were arrested at the address after arriving to collect the drugs on Monday.
Police then raided an additional eight properties across Sydney’s west where they seized five guns, including an SKS assault rifle, a further four kilograms of meth, 200 ecstasy tablets, cocaine and around $35,000 cash.
All seven men, along with a 23-year-old woman who was arrested during the subsequent raids, are facing serious drug importation and trafficking charges.
AFP Commander Chris Sheehan said the bust was one of the top 10 largest in Australian history.
Investigations are continuing.