Frozen fish shipment contained more than 100kg of drugs
MORE than 100kg of illegal drugs, including some $54 million worth of heroin, were found in an import consignment of frozen fish fillets bound for Sydney last week.
A joint investigation by Australian Federal Police, state and federal crime commissions, New South Wales police and Customs found the 88kg of heroin and 21kg of methamphetamines early last week.
The investigation began earlier this month after a Vietnamese-Canadian, 57, arrived in Australia and was identified through Customs intelligence.
On Monday last week, authorities in Sydney intercepted a consignment of fish fillets from Kuala Lumpur in Sydney, which was later confirmed to have bags of liquid heroin and liquid methamphetamines hidden in ice boxes with the fish.
The drugs were replaced with "inert substances" and on Tuesday last week, authorities arrested two dual Canadian-Vietnamese nationals who removed the contents of the ice boxes.
On Thursday last week, authorities descended on two homes in Fairfield, Sydney, where police found a heavy duty press and other equipment used to manufacture and distribute the drugs.
The two men arrested were charged with numerous commercial drug importation and possession charges and appeared in court last Friday, where they were remanded in custody.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said organised criminal groups such as those arrested were preying on "the vulnerable and leech from the law-abiding majority".
"We make no apologies for relentlessly hunting down those who shamelessly enhance their own lives by ruthlessly destroying others," he said.
"I have every confidence our Organised Crime Squad, through its commitment to the JOCG and other partners, will make many more major arrests and seize many more kilograms of drugs in the months ahead."
A statement from the federal police on Monday said investigations into the case were "continuing". - APN NEWSDESK