Charges laid after huge heroin haul in Brisbane
Five people have been charged after a shipping container holding 20kg of high grade heroin was discovered in Brisbane.
Police say the drugs, concealed inside sports bags, were smuggled from Thailand and may have been bound for Sydney or other Australian cities.
Senior detectives seized the container on May 29 and arrested five alleged members of a distribution syndicate in Sydney on Wednesday after raiding seven properties on the city’s west and southwest.
During the raids police uncovered 2.6kg of the drug ice, a further 1kg of heroin and a substantial amount of cocaine and cash.
A 49 year old Belfield man and two other men, aged 55 and 52 from Mount Annan, appeared in Sydney courts on Thursday charged with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity heroin.
Two men, aged 66 and 64 from Narellan Vale, also appeared in Sydney courts charg vans shoes ed with attempting to traffic heroin.
The arrests were made after a seven month surveillance investigation involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police, the NSW Crime Commission and Customs.
Crime Commission Commissioner Peter Singleton called it a “textbook” example of how to catch serious criminals.
“The Crime Commission’s role was one essentially of intelligence analysis,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“We’ve managed to identify persons of interest, intercept telephones and ultimately we were able to identify a shipping container containing illicit drugs.”
The street value of the narcotics remains unclear.
The drugs travelled through a number of countries before arriving in Australia.
Police have not ruled out further arrests either in Au vans shoes stralia or overseas in connection with the seizure.
AFP Sydney manager Brian McDonald said heroin seizures had been relatively rare in recent months and the high Aussie dollar may be playing a role in attracting smuggler vans shoes s.
“I think it would be fair to say that heroin has not been the drug of choice that we have se vans shoes en,” he added.
“. Certainly, I think the market in Australia does make us attractive to organised crime, to bring illicit drugs into this environment.”
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