Cocaine and Methylamphetamine Seized worth $150M

$150 Million Worth of Cocaine and Methylamphetamine Seized

Detectives have charged three men following a joint investigation into the alleged importation into Sydney of methylamphetamine and cocaine worth more than $150 million.

In June this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, in partnership with Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC), established Strike Force Wullamulla to investigate the importation of illicit drugs into NSW.

Acting on information from US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and with the assistance of Australian Border Force (ABF), officers targeted a shipment which arrived in Sydney from the United States last month.

During a subsequent deconstruction, it was found to contain 230kg of methylamphetamine and 1.2kg of cocaine concealed within machinery. 

The drugs have a combined estimated potential street value of more than $150 million.

Strike Force Wullamulla investigators, with assistance from AFP and ABF, subsequently conducted a controlled delivery to a Prestons business on Sunday 2nd July 2022.

Later that day, two men – aged 21 and 22 – were arrested as they allegedly attempted to access the consignment with an angle grinder.

They were taken to Merrylands Police Station and charged with possess commercial quantity suspect illegal import border control drug and possess marketable quantity suspect import border-controlled drug.

Both men were refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court the following day, where they were formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Thursday 25 August 2022.

Search Warrants Executed

Following further inquiries, strike force detectives – with the assistance of Public Order Riot Squad (PORS) – executed a search warrant at a hotel in Cabramatta and a business in Prestons from 2pm on Thursday 7 July 2022.

During subsequent searches, police located and seized electronics, cash, and other items relevant to investigations for forensic analysis.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the hotel and taken to Fairfield Police Station, where he was charged with import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug and import marketable quantity of border-controlled drug.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Fairfield Local Court Friday 8 July 2022.

Methylamphetamine and Cocaine was seized from the shipment.