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Three have charged more than $88 million in meth imports to Melbourne
THREE men have been charged with an alleged attempt to smuggle 140 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada to Australia, hidden in an industrial dough mixing machine.
The investigation began when Canadian border officials noticed a suspicious air cargo shipment in Toronto that contained $88 million worth of drugs.
Victorian organized crime detectives began investigating the suspected syndicate responsible for the shipment to Melbourne.
The shipment arrived in Melbourne in early October, where it was moved to a storage facility in Tullamarine.
“Police monitored the shipment as it moved to multiple locations in Melbourne, which police believe was a sophisticated attempt by those responsible to identify any law enforcement interests,” the Victorian Police Department said in a statement.
On Wednesday, police arrested three men and searched seven properties, confiscating $1.5 million in cash, drugs, three rifles, a motorcycle and a clandestine lab with drug-production equipment. – MONKEY