Police find 360kg of crystal methamphetamine in Melbourne furniture container sent from Malaysia

Narcotics Suppression Bureau officials find packets of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the frame of a treadmill. More than 200kg of crystal methamphetamine were found inside the frames of 10 treadmills labelled for shipment to Japan, during a raid on a godown in Bangkok's Prawet district on Thursday. One man was arrested. (Capture from TV Channel 8). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MELBOURNE, Jun 18, 2020, AAP. A border check of a furniture container shipped from Malaysia has uncovered 360kg of crystal methamphetamine, 9News reported.

Australian Federal Police seized the drug cargo in Melbourne on June 8 after discovering 18 unlisted cardboard boxes inside the container.

Further inspection showed the boxes were filled with small packages wrapped in aluminium foil.

The AFP estimates the haul to be worth about $180 million and enough to supply 3.6 million drug hits.

“Criminals continue to find different ways to try to hide harmful drugs,” Australian Border Force Commander Craig Palmer said.

“And while concealment methods are getting more advanced, so is the ABF’s ability to detect them.”

Three men, including one Australian and two Malaysians, have been charged.

The 36-year-old Patterson Lakes man was arrested on Wednesday and fronted court later in the night.

The two Malaysian nationals aged 44 and 45 were also arrested later at a property in Melbourne’s CBD.

They appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon.

The Malaysians are accused of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

Additional search warrants were executed around Melbourne and investigations are ongoing.
“Had this drug seizure made its way to Australian streets, countless lives would have been affected,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Southern Command Bruce Giles said.

“We will continue to work closely with our overseas partners to target the criminal syndicates behind the importation and attack the links they have to Australia.”

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