A Sydney man has been charged over the importation of 144 kilograms of cocaine from South Africa, after allegedly accepting a delivery of industrial machinery at a Botany warehouse and spending Wednesday and Thursday last week dismantling it in an attempt to access the drugs.
What he didn’t know was that Australian Federal Police had already intercepted the consignment when it arrived in Brisbane on October 1. Border Force officers had identified anomalies within the pistons of two hydraulic cylinders, and on further inspection, found a total of six metal drums inside – each of which concealed 24 blocks of white powder that was found to be cocaine.
In total, the AFP said the cocaine was estimated to weigh 144 kilograms with a street value of $64.8 million.
AFP crime scene investigators removed the cocaine blocks and replaced them with a harmless substance to be delivered under AFP control to a warehouse in Botany, in Sydney’s inner-south.