A 37-year-old Newcastle man is due to face Sydney Central Local Court charges with importing 230kg of methamphetamine following a joint police investigation.
The Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives.
Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine was concealed within the helical gear drives.
The 230 kilograms of methamphetamine has an estimated street value of approximately $143,750,000.
A 37-year-old Newcastle man was arrested, charged with importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
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