Five arrested after $180m of meth found in kayaks
A DRUG bust in Sydney has netted Australian Federal Police about $180 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of kayaks from China.
The 183kg seizure on Tuesday also resulted in the arrest of five people after four search warrants were executed across Hillsdale, Kensington, Greenwich and the Sydney CBD.
AFP and Customs officials reported the operation began on February 5 when Customs officers inspected a shipment of 27 kayaks, revealing 19 that contained packages of what was found to be methamphetamine.
After referring it to the AFP, the federal police ran a sting delivery of the shipment to a storage facility in Hillsdale, after which police arrested three men and one woman of Taiwanese nationality.
Further investigations led police to arrest a 32-year-old man at his Kensington home.
A raft of charges have been laid against those allegedly involved, including charges of an attempt to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and one count of possessing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.
All five people arrested were due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Wednesday, each facing a potential life prison sentence.