TWO young men, aged 17 and 19, have been charged after almost half-a-tonne of methamphetamine was found stashed inside dozens of car bonnets.
Australian Border Force officers discovered the large haul whilst examining a container that arrived in Sydney from Malaysia on 28 November.
“During the examination, ABF officers identified anomalies in three crates, which were found to contain dozens of car bonnets,” the ABF said in a statement.
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“Upon further examination, officers located a crystalline substance inside the skin of the bonnets.”
The detection was then referred to the Australian Federal Police, who found almost 5000 packages containing 490 kilograms of methamphetamine.
It’s understood the drugs have an estimated street value of $367,500,000*.
As a result, Federal Police raided several properties in the Sydney suburbs of Granville, Rhodes and Penshurst last week and arrested a 17-year-old man and a 19-year-old man.
“It will be alleged in court that the two men were to receive the shipment before passing it on to other members of the criminal syndicate responsible for the importation,” the AFP said.
Both men faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday 8 December, charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
The 17-year-old is due to appear in Parramatta Children’s Court today, whilst the Granville man is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on 6 February 2019.
Further enquiries to identify other members of the syndicate are ongoing.