Four men have been charged following the importation of a consignment purporting to be gym equipment from Malaysia via air cargo found to contain more than 150 kg of heroin.
Four men have been charged following a joint agency investigation into the importation of more than 150 kilograms of heroin and ‘ice’. On Sunday 6 January 2019, a consignment purporting to be gym equipment and supplements arrived in Sydney by airfreight from Malaysia. The consignment, which was found to contain various handicraft items and timber souvenirs, was x-rayed by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers, who noted anomalies in the packed crates.
During a subsequent deconstruction of the consignment, 400 blocks of heroin with a total weight of 154 kilograms were located concealed in three of four crates. The heroin has an estimated potential street value of more than $77 million.
Strike force investigators conducted a controlled delivery to a home at Arncliffe (Sydney) on Wednesday 23 January 2019. The consignment was allegedly accessed by a 31-year-old man the following day, before being split and on-supplied to two other men. A short time later, strike force detectives arrested all three of the men. A fourth man was later arrested at Newcastle.
Following the arrests, police executed six search warrants at homes in Sydney suburbs. During the searches, they seized a further 7.5kg of heroin, 35kg of methylamphetamine (ice), more than $200,000 cash, a money counter, safes, heat sealers, scales, drug paraphernalia, knuckle dusters, computers, electronic items, mobile phones, and financial documents. The ice has an estimated potential street value of more than $26 million.
All four men were charged and refused bail. Investigations are continuing both here and abroad.