ABF - Charges laid after $300,000 of ‘ice’ concealed in mechanical equipment seized

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Joint media release

NSW Police have charged a man over the alleged importation of $300,000 of 'ice' concealed in mechanical equipment, following a joint investigation with the Australian Border Force (ABF).

On Friday 20 August 2021, ABF officers examined a consignment which arrived in Sydney.

The air cargo consignment – which was declared to contain mechanical equipment – was examined by the ABF, who noted inconsistencies.

During a subsequent deconstruction, the consignment was found to contain more than 3kg of a crystallised substance within the items. 

The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine (ice), which has an estimated potential street value of $300,000.

Joint inquiries were subsequently commenced by investigators attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command and ABF officers.

Following extensive inquiries, officers, with assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit, arrested a 54-year-old man at a home at Yennora about 10am yesterday (Tuesday 7 September 2021). 

A search warrant was subsequently executed at the home, where officers seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.

The man was taken to Fairfield Police Station, where he was charged with import commercial quantity of border controlled drug.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court via AVL today (Wednesday 8 September 2021).

Investigations are continuing.