A JOINT investigation between NSW Police Force and the Australia Border Force has uncovered 16 kilograms heroin, smuggled in packages marked as “copy paper” secreted in an air shipment of children’s clothes.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad heard about the consignment as part of ongoing inquiries into smuggling operations.
Following further inquiries, ABF officers targeted the package, which arrived in Sydney on 1 May from Thailand.
Officers x-rayed it, found anomalies, unpacked it and, amongst the children’s clothing found packets labelled “copy paper” containing heroin. Police estimate the 16 kilograms of narcotic is worth $8m.
The consignment was delivered to a holding location in Sydney’s south west and was picked up by a 45-year-old man on Wednesday (16 May), and police raided a home in Cabramatta west where the man was arrested.
During the raid, police seized the contents of the package, mobile phones, documentation and 27 cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label, which have a retail value of more than $30,000, according to police.
Drug and Firearms Squad Detective Chief Inspector Jason Weinstein said investigators were focusing on the supply chain, both in Australia and abroad.
“With the seizure of 16 kilograms of heroin, we know we have put a decent dent in availability on the street, but we can’t stop there; we will continue our inquiries into where it came from and where it was going,” he said.
“Further to that, we will harness the skills of our partner agencies, including the Australian Border Force, to stop the importation and large-scale supply of drugs which continue to plague our community.”
The joint investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.