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Saturday, April 10, 2021

RM60mil worth of ‘ice’ from Malaysia seized by Australian cops

 

The drugs found inside the wooden pallets on a ship. (Australian police pic)

PETALING JAYA: About RM60 million worth of ice shipped from Malaysia were found by police in Sydney.

The drugs were found in wooden pallets in a consignment billed as “mop buckets”, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said.

The Australian Mail Online reported that two men, whose nationalities were not revealed, had imported the 63kg of ice.

The methamphetamine was pressed into thin strips and concealed inside 18 hollowed-out pallet boards.

“You name it; they’ve tried to hide drugs in it,” AFP acting commander of crime Geoff Turner told the daily on the choice of the wooden pallets.

He said despite the creativity of criminals, authorities had to remain one step ahead, using advanced technology to catch offenders red-handed.

“We are dedicated to stopping these harmful drugs reaching our communities and harming countless Australians,” he said.

The report said after the drugs were first discovered in March, AFP officers allowed the shipment to be delivered under surveillance to an address in Guildford West in Sydney on Thursday.

A 27-year-old man was arrested when he took delivery. Later, a 36-year-old man was also arrested.

They were both charged with having the drugs, an offence that carries a life imprisonment.

The two men were brought to the Central Local Court in Sydney on Friday and were refused bail.

The Australian Border Force said officers were aware of new techniques and trends smugglers were attempting to employ to get drugs into the country from overseas.

“This operation shows it’s not just imported items that ABF officers are examining for hidden drugs. The packaging around these items is heavily scrutinised, too,” ABF port operations acting commander Brendan Slape said. - FMT

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