A vintage jukebox used to transport roughly $20 million worth of cocaine to Australia has been seized leading to the arrests of three men.
Police have charged two men after a vintage jukebox was used to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into Australia.
Roughly 45kg of the drug was detected by Australian Border Force officers when it arrived in Melbourne from Greece.
The drugs have an estimated street worth of around $20 million.
Police allowed the consignment to be collected and transported to a property in Sunshine North where they arrested three men on Tuesday.
A 39-year-old man from Spotswood, 26-year-old Reservoir man and a 66-year-old Greek foreign national were all interviewed by police.
The 66-year old was subsequently released pending further inquiries and the younger two were charged with importation of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.
Police will allege the men are significant members of a crime syndicate that has been involved in previous illicit drug importations.
Officers also searched four additional properties seizing items including two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a Harley Davidson motorbike, luxury watches, jewellery and items of clothing, and various drugs and a large quantity of cash.
AFP Detective Inspector Mark McKiernan said as well as the potential harm cocaine could have on the community, organised crime groups were undermining Australia’s national security, economy and social security system.
“We know drug trafficking can lead to drug wars in our streets and in source countries, and often law-abiding citizens can be the collateral damage to that violence,” Detective Inspector McKiernan said.
“Illicit drug trafficking can also bankroll other abhorrent crimes, such as human trafficking and sexual servitude.”
The two men who were charged faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and were remanded in custody.