Three men charged with over $ 88 million importing methamphetamine | Blayney Chronicle

Three men have been charged with an alleged attempt to smuggle 140 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada to Australia hidden inside an industrial mess.

The investigation began when Canadian border services noticed a suspicious cargo of air cargo in Toronto containing $ 88 million in drugs.

Victorian organized crime investigators have started investigating the alleged syndicate responsible for the Melbourne-bound shipment.

The cargo arrived in Melbourne in early October where it was moved to a storage facility in Tullamarine.

“Police monitored the shipment as it was moved to several locations in Melbourne in what police will claim to be a sophisticated attempt by those responsible to identify any interest in law enforcement,” police said. Victoria in a statement.

Police arrested three men and raided seven properties on Wednesday, seizing $ 1.5 million in cash, drugs, three firearms, a motorcycle and a clandestine lab containing drug-making equipment.

A 37-year-old man from Sunbury has been charged with attempting to import and possess a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and with committing a criminal act while out on bail.

A 29-year-old man from Keilor East and a 33-year-old man from Bonnie Brook have been charged with attempting to import and possess a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.

The men were remanded in custody to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 23, where new charges are expected to be laid.

Victoria Police Crime Command Acting Deputy Commissioner Mick Frewen said there was local demand for a range of drugs “even during the pandemic”.

“Victoria Police will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who cause this harm to our state are held accountable and that these criminal syndicates are strongly and deliberately targeted,” said Frewen.

Associated Australian Press

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