Sydney, Australia (Daily News): A man is behind bars after a joint operation between New South Wales Police and Australian Border Force stopped 16 kilograms of heroin from hitting the streets of Sydney.
The $8 million haul is one of the biggest busts in recent years.
The crackdown comes after detectives from State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad recently received information about an importation conspiracy.
Following further inquiries, ABF officers targeted a package sent via air cargo from Thailand, which arrived in Sydney on May 1.
The package was examined and X-rayed where anomalies where noted, at which point ABF officers unpacked the consignment and located children’s clothing concealing eight packets of ‘copy paper’. Testing of the contents provided a positive result for heroin,’ a NSW Police statement said.
Police seized the contents of the package, mobile phones, documentation, and 27 cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label whisky, which has a retail value of more than $30,000 and can sell for up to $200 per bottle.
The Vietnamese national was taken to Fairfield Police Station and charged with knowingly take part in large commercial drug supply.
He appeared at Liverpool Local Court on Thursday, where he was refused bail to reappear on July 18.