Underhanded gangsters stashed more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine to smuggle into Australia – before police managed to intercept the shipment and stop the criminals’ $25.8 million paycheck
- 208 kg of illicit drugs transported was equivalent to more than two million transactions at street level
- AFP and National Anti-Gangs Squad officers found drugs in oil shipment
- The investigation indicated that the expedition involved a crime syndicate with foreign ties
- Investigations into how the expedition made its way to Australian shores continue
More than 200 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine worth over $25 million imported from overseas by an international crime syndicate have been seized in a major drug bust.
Australian Federal Police officers, in partnership with the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS), found the drugs hidden in a shipment of olive oil on a lorry in Fairfield, south-west Sydney, on July 30.
The transport of 208 kg of illicit drugs had an estimated value of $25.8 million, the equivalent of more than two million street-level transactions.
The shipment was found as part of AFP’s ongoing investigation into international organized crime groups.
The liquid methamphetamine (pictured) seized by AFP was hidden in a shipment of olive oil
“Organized crime groups based in Australia have an international reach and will collaborate with known offenders residing overseas,” Detective Superintendent Jason McArthur said.
“The AFP, together with key partners from the National Anti-Gangs Squad, succeeded in stopping this massive amount of methamphetamine from hitting Australian streets and preventing millions of dollars in drug profits from flowing back to the syndicate. to fund future criminal enterprises.”
“Illicit drugs like methamphetamine in the community are creating a domino effect of harm for Australians, including domestic violence, increased strain on the health system and community violence, as gangs fight to sell their dangerous drugs .”
Police say an international crime syndicate was responsible for sending
The 208kg drug haul (pictured) was equivalent to more than two million transactions at street level
Investigations into how the cargo made it to Australian shores are continuing.
No arrests have yet been made.
The police have a strong message for those responsible.
“They should be notified that we are ready and coming for them,” Detective Superintendent McArthur said.
NAGS was established in 2014 as a multi-agency law enforcement task force targeting organized criminal syndicates, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.
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Investigations into how the cargo (pictured) made its way to Australian shores are continuing