December 4, 2022

Sneaky mobsters hid more than 200 pounds of meth to get it into Australia – before police managed to intercept the shipment and stop the criminals’ $25.8 million payday

  • 208kg of illegal drug bust was the equivalent of more than two million street-level deals
  • AFP and National Anti-Gangs Squad Officers Discovered Drugs in Oil Transport
  • Investigation found that the transmission involved a crime syndicate with foreign ties
  • Investigations into how the shipment got to the coast of Australia continue

More than 200 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth more than $25 million imported from abroad by an international crime syndicate have been seized in a major drug bust.

Australian Federal Police officers in conjunction with the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) found the drugs hidden in a shipment of olive oil on a truck in Fairfield in southwestern Sydney on July 30.

The 208kg illegal drug bust was worth an estimated $25.8 million, the equivalent of more than two million street-level deals.

The shipment was located as part of AFP’s ongoing investigation into international organized crime groups.

The liquid methamphetamine (photo) seized by AFP was hidden in a shipment of olive oil

“Australia-based organized crime groups have international reach and will work with known offenders living offshore,” Chief Inspector Jason McArthur said.

Working with key partners in the National Anti-Gangs Squad, the AFP has successfully prevented this significant amount of methamphetamine from entering Australia’s streets and has prevented millions of dollars in drug profits from flowing back into the syndicate to fund future criminal enterprises. ‘

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“Illegal drugs such as methamphetamine in the community are causing a knock-on effect of harm to Australians, including domestic violence, increased pressure on the health system and community violence, as gangs fight over grass to sell their dangerous drugs.”

Police say an international crime syndicate was responsible for the shipment

The 208kg drug bust (pictured) was the equivalent of more than two million street-level deals

The investigation into how the shipment got to the coast of Australia continues.

No arrests have been made yet.

The police have a strong message for those responsible.

“They should notice we’re ready and we’re coming for them,” Chief Inspector McArthur said.

NAGS was established in 2014 as a multi-agency law enforcement task force targeting organized crime syndicates, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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Investigations into how the shipment (pictured) made its way to the coasts of Australia continues