Australia busts 490kilo meth shipment from Malaysia

World | 14 Dec 2018 2:33 pm

Australian authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle almost half a ton of methamphetamine into Australia after the drugs were found hidden inside dozens of car bonnets.

Australian Border Force officers found more than A$367 million worth of the drug ice inside a shipping container filled with car bonnets that arrived in Port Botany, Sydney from Malaysia on November 28, news.com.au reports.

Around 5,000 packages, weighing 490 kilograms in total, were allegedly stashed inside the skin of 71 bonnets.

The total estimated street value of the illicit drugs was A$367,500,000.

Two men, aged 17 and 19, were arrested last week in relation to the shipment after federal police raided several properties across Granville, Rhodes and Penshurst.

Police will allege in court that the western Sydney teens were planning on receiving the shipment before passing it on to other members of the criminal syndicate responsible for the importation.

The Australian Federal Police are working with the Royal Malaysia Police to identify the source of the shipment, while also conducting further inquiries here to identify other members of the syndicate.

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