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.


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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.