Big money, heavy weight…
Australian Police Seize $246 Million In Drugs
Australian police have seized as much as $246 million worth of drugs stashed inside a steamroller sent from China after busting an international smuggling ring in Sydney.
A U.S. citizen, 33, and a Canadian, 34, have been charged with drug-importing offenses in relation to the confiscated methamphetamine and cocaine, Australian Federal Police said Wednesday. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The operation to seize the drugs resulted from a “complex and protracted” investigation over the past two and half years, police said.
The steamroller was shipped in from China, police said, and was tracked down at a storage unit in northern Sydney amid a series of searches. When officers searched the unit, they found the vehicle, dismantling equipment and 13 sports bags containing “blocks of compressed powder and a crystalline substance.”
The blocks consisted of 235 kilograms (520 pounds) of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of up to 174 million Australian dollars ($180.2 million), and 115 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of up to 63 million Australian dollars ($65.3 million), police said.
That’s a helluva lot of money, we gotta think that someone is gonna get “whacked” behind this botched shipment of nose candy.
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