– 3 Nigerian men have been charged after they allegedly tried to import into Australia more than $15 million worth of methamphetamine (drug) by hiding it in tins of glue.
-The drug was found mixed in 180 tins of industrial glue that came in three shipments from Mexico in October 2016 the Australian Federal Police, AFP says.
On 13 October, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) conducted a controlled delivery of the consignments to an address in Edgecliff, NSW. A 45-year-old Auburn man, a 41-year-old Miranda man and a 49-year-old Pendle Hill man were subsequently arrested on Thursday 24 November after the AFP executed a number of search warrants in Auburn, Pendle Hill, and Miranda.
Chris Sheehan, AFP acting Assistant Commissioner, National Manager Crime Operations, said the AFP’s cooperation with its partner law enforcement agencies has never been stronger, both overseas and within Australia.
“Working with our partners, the AFP has arrested 3 men and stopped almost $16 million worth of a very harmful substance making its way into the Australian community. Law enforcement agencies will continue to work together to target those who believe they are above the law,” AFP acting Assist. Commissioner Sheehan said.
“My message to those contemplating bringing these dangerous drugs into our country is that you will get caught, regardless of how creative your concealment method,” he said.
Mr. Wayne Buchhorn, ABF Assistant Commissioner Investigations said the successful resolution to this operation was evidence of the excellent work of law enforcement agencies and the ABF’s layered approach to border security.
Our highly skilled officers are at the border 24-hours a day, 365-days a year to detect and deter harmful illicit substances before they reach our shores,” Assistant Commissioner Buchhorn added.
ACIC Executive Director Intelligence Col Blanch said the ACIC has assessed that methamphetamine poses, by far, the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types, and by a significant difference.
“The ACIC is committed to working with our partners, to discover, understand and respond to the threat that methamphetamine poses to our community,” Mr. Blanch said.
Two of the men appeared before Sydney Central Local Court on Friday. 25 November 2016 The third male will appear before Court at a later date.