Man charged with importing $5 million worth of ICE in cuttlefish

A 20-year-old man has been charged with allegedly importing more than $5 million worth of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) into Melbourne.

Police say that last month, Australian Border Force officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility identified five suspicious consignments which, upon examination, contained a combined weight of 5280 grams of Ice.

Each consignment contained over one kilogram of Ice concealed within dried cuttlefish.


The Chinese national appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrates Court yesterday after he was arrested at a home in Burwood last Friday.

Following his arrest, officers executed a search warrant at the man’s Brunswick East home, where they seized a 2012 Mercedes Benz coupe under confiscated assets legislation.

He was charged with five counts of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, three counts of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and one count of possessing a drug of dependence.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.