Drug Bust: Huge haul of MDMA and cocaine intercepted as North Shore storage units raided.
More than $140 million worth of cocaine and ecstasy has been intercepted by police in Sydney.
The drugs were allegedly hidden inside cartons of shampoo bottles sent from Spain, and uncovered when Australian Border Force officers noted inconsistencies in the shipment.
49 boxes containing bags of a brown crystalline substance and blocks of a white powder later tested positive for MDMA and cocaine.
Forensic analysis determined the packages contained 312kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $93.6 million, and 236kg of MDMA, which has an estimated potential street value of $47.2 million.
Detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad, Australian Border Force investigators and the NSW Crime Commission, with assistance from the Australian Federal Police, established Strike Force Bresnahan to investigate the import.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives yesterday executed seven search warrants at north shore storage facilities Brookvale, Artarmon, Chatswood, Cromer and Macquarie Park.
A 33-year-old man was arrested in Cromer and charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug.
He was charged and granted bail to appear at Manly Local Court on July 8.
Investigations under Strike Force Bresnahan continue.