A MAN has been charged after Border Force officers discovered 16kg of heroin hidden in children’s clothing.
The stash, worth $8 million, was found thanks to a joint investigation by the NSW Police Force and the Australian Border Force.
As part of ongoing inquiries into the illicit supply of drugs and firearms, detectives received information about an importation conspiracy.
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Following further inquiries, ABF officers targeted a package sent via air cargo from Thailand, which arrived in Sydney on Tuesday 1 May.
After examining the package and noticing anomalies, ABF officers unpacked the consignment and found children’s clothing concealing eight packets of ‘copy paper’.
Testing of the contents provided a positive result for heroin, and in total, police seized 16kg of the drug, which has an estimated potential street value of $8 million.
The package was delivered to a holding location in Sydney’s south-west before being picked up by a 45-year-old man on Wednesday.
A short time later, a search warrant was executed at a home at Cabramatta West, where the man was arrested.
During the search, police seized the contents of the package, mobile phones, documentation, and 27 cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label, which has a retail value of more than $30,000.
The man was taken to Fairfield Police Station and charged with knowingly take part in large commercial drug supply.
He was refused bail and appeared at Liverpool Local Court on Thursday, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear on Wednesday 18 July.
Police say the joint investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.