TWO men have been arrested and charged after Australian Border Force officers discovered 21kg of cocaine stashed inside tiles.
In September this year, detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Drug Squad and investigators from the Australian Border Force established Strike Force Brundson to investigate the importation and supply of cocaine.
During the investigation, officers located the large drug haul whilst inspecting a large consignment which had arrived from Spain on Monday 9 October.
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In a statement released on Monday, NSW police said the cocaine has an “estimated potential street value of $6.3 million.”
A 35-year-old man from Lake Heights was arrested at Warrawong and a 30-year-old Albion Park man was taken into custody at a wrecking yard at Dapto on Friday 10 November.
During a search of the 30-year-old’s vehicle, investigators seized more than $125,000 cash, and 66g of cocaine.
He was charged with import commercial quantity of border controlled drug, supply prohibited drug, possess unregistered firearm-prohibited firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, and deal with property proceeds of crime.
The 35-year-old man was charged with import commercial quantity of border controlled drug.
The pair were refused bail and are due to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday 15 November.