Man charged with smuggling 210kg of meth into Australia

A MAN has been arrested and charged with smuggling 210 kilograms of methamphetamine worth more than $200 million into Australia.

Police said investigations commenced in June after an air freight consignment of 15 boxes arrived in Sydney from Taiwan, labelled as ‘women’s jeans’.

Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of the consignment after noticing anomalies within 12 of the boxes and found plastic bags containing a crystalline substance.


A presumptive testing of the substance tested positive to the presence of methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police and an investigation was initiated.

Subsequent forensic examination of the consignment confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine with an approximate weight of 210 kilograms.

Following a two-month investigation, Australian Federal Police officers arrested a 29-year-old Bexley North man yesterday.

He has since been charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 301.1(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

If convicted, the man faces life imprisonment.

In July, the AFP also arrested a 24-year-old Blacktown man in relation to this investigation.

Australian Federal Police Manager Crime Operations Roger Brown said this investigation stopped more than 2.1 million ‘hits’ of methamphetamine from reaching the community.

“This was a complex investigation resulting in the arrest of two alleged offenders, and it shows just how committed law enforcement agencies are to stopping these drugs from ending up in our community,” Commander Brown said.

Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald said the ABF is resolute in its commitment to stemming the flow of this illegal and dangerous drug into the Australia.

“This seizure is yet another example of the ABF’s success in targeting large shipments of methamphetamine arriving in air and sea cargo,” Commander Fitzgerald said.

“A detection of this size by the ABF has a direct benefit to the community by stopping this evil product reaching the streets.”

The 29-year-old man arrested yesterday was due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.