THREE men have been arrested and 313 kilograms of crystal meth has been seized, in what police have said is the largest ever haul of the drug destined for South Australia.
The meth, which has a potential estimated street value up to $270 million, was found hidden in 313 individual clip seal bags which were stashed inside two crane jibs.
“On 24 January 2018, ABF officers intercepted a sea-cargo consignment containing two crane jibs, destined for Adelaide,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.
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“Examination revealed 313 clip seal bags containing a white crystalline substance concealed inside the metal base attached to one of the jib arms. A presumptive test indicated a positive reaction to crystal methamphetamine (ice).”
Following investigations, on Friday 16 February, officers raided three properties in the Adelaide suburbs of Waterloo Corner, Green Fields and Two Wells.
Three men aged 64, 61 and 45 were all arrested at the Waterloo Corner address and charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.
The 64 and 61-year-old men were also charged with the more serious offence of importation of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, which has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The men are expected to appear before the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.