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Police arrest a man and seize $156million worth of drugs in nation’s largest heroin bust in decades

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In Australia’s largest heroin raid in nearly two decades, police arrest a 29-year-old man and seize $156 million worth of drugs

  • Nearly 350kg of heroin seized in Australia’s largest heroin seizure in 20 years
  • The drugs were discovered in December 2020 in cargo coming from Malaysia
  • Police arrested a 29-year-old man at his home in Mt Coolah, Sydney on Thursday
  • Officers also raided three other residential addresses and businesses in Sydney
  • The man has been charged and will appear in Parramatta court on Saturday










Authorities say they have helped prevent “carnage and destruction” after police arrested a man and seized a $156 million worth of drugs in one of Australia’s largest heroin seizures.

Police on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old man at his home in Mt Colah on Sydney’s north coast after a record 347.9kg of heroin was discovered in December 2020 in a joint operation between the Border Force, the Australian Federal Police and the United Nations. NSW police.

Officers also raided three residential addresses in Miller, Baulkham Hills and Kings Park on Friday, and two businesses in Hornsby.

Police arrested a 29-year-old man in Sydney and seized $156 million worth of heroin in Australia’s largest heroin seizure in nearly two decades

The man has been charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of illegally imported border-controlled drugs

The man has been charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of illegally imported border-controlled drugs

The record detection of heroin equals more than 1.1 million street deals.

The man from Mt Colah was charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of illegally imported border-controlled drugs and will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

The investigation was launched after agents targeted air cargo from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 23, 2020, which contained two pieces of heavy machinery described as vertical mixers.

Australian Border Force Officers X-rayed the cargo in Sydney and reportedly found two metal chests containing heroin.

Australian Federal Police officers removed the illegal drugs and, with Border Force help, took them to the intended address – a storage facility in Hornsby.

Police will allege in court that the 29-year-old man picked up the shipment of machines in February and tried to access the drugs.

The man from Mt Colah on Sydney's north bank faces Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday

The man from Mt Colah on Sydney’s north bank faces Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday

The record heroin detection has an estimated street value of about $156 million and equates to more than 1.1 million street deals

The record heroin detection has an estimated street value of about $156 million and equates to more than 1.1 million street deals

Officers said they spent the following months conducting further investigations to identify people and locations of interest and to gather evidence.

The investigation into the criminal syndicate responsible for these imports and their possible distribution in Australia is still ongoing.

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Morgan Blunden said that if these drugs had not been intercepted, the impact on the community would have been devastating.

“Illegal drug use places a significant burden on the Australian economy through crime, lost productivity, emergency care and increased health care costs,” Chief Inspector Blunden said.

Police will allege in court that the 29-year-old man collected the shipment of machines in February and tried to access the drugs (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

Police will allege in court that the 29-year-old man collected the shipment of machines in February and tried to access the drugs (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

“Unfortunately, heroin causes many deaths and this seizure has protected our community from harm. We will continue to work closely with our partners to prevent this damage.”

Border Force Deputy Superintendent Anthony Wheatley said those who tried to smuggle drugs into Australia did so under the cover of the holidays.

“The perpetrators involved thought it was an easy way to smuggle in drugs at that time, as it was the Christmas season,” he said.

The investigation into the criminal syndicate responsible for these imports and their possible distribution in Australia is still ongoing (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

The investigation into the criminal syndicate responsible for these imports and their possible distribution in Australia is still ongoing (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Morgan Blunden said if the drugs had not been intercepted, the impact on the community would have been devastating (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Morgan Blunden said if the drugs had not been intercepted, the impact on the community would have been devastating (Photo: Shipment of machines at a storage facility in Hornsby)

“I want to send a strong signal that the Australian Border Force is active 365 days a year.”

NSW Police Chief Superintendent Jason Weinstein said the “carnage and destruction that drugs (heroin) can wreak in our community is something this state has not seen in many years.”

Detective Superintendent Weinstein also said state and federal law enforcement would continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to “those who harm others by importing illegal drugs” and urged everyone to report suspected criminal activity to the police.

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