Cocaine Seized From Cargo Ship.

700kg of Cocaine Found Hidden on a Cargo Ship in Sydney

Police are seeking information about the criminal syndicate responsible for 700kg of Cocaine that was imported and hidden on a cargo ship at Sydney’s Port Botany.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered the drugs on 22 July, 2022 during an inspection of shipping containers on the container ship Maersk Inverness, which had docked a day earlier. The haul was found packaged in denim bags inside a shipping container described as containing wood products.

AFP investigators later seized 28 denim bags, each holding about 25kg of cocaine in brick form. Forensic examination of the drugs identified different emblems on the bricks of cocaine, including the numerals ‘5’ and ‘365’ and the word ‘Netflix’.

700kg of cocaine seized in denim bags.

Preliminary enquiries on the ship have been completed, and the vessel has been allowed to continue its journey.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

AFP Detective Inspector Luke Wilson said the container ship had stopped at ports in Central and South America before making its way to Australia.

“We are still investigating where the drugs were loaded and who was planning to collect them in Australia,” Det-Inspector Luke Wilson said.

“The interception of this amount of drugs would be a significant blow to a well-resourced syndicate, and prevents millions of dollars of drug profit flowing back into the syndicate to fund their lavish lifestyles or next criminal venture.