THREE men have been jailed in relation to 55 kilograms of cocaine found inside a plasma cutting machine in June last year.

Operation Neem was a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force investigation into a shipment of cocaine from India to Port Botany.

Three men aged 46, 50 and 53 years old were arrested.

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The two men aged 50 and 46 have since pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported and border-controlled substance, while the 53-year-old pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting. 

The three men were sentenced at the Downing Centre Court on 17 September.

The 46-year-old Rouse Hill man was sentenced to nine years and 10 months jail, with a non-parole period of five years and 10 months to finish on 24 May 2025.

The 50-year-old Kellyville man was sentenced to eight years and three months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of four years and 11 months to finish on 24 June 2024.

The 53-year-old Arcadia man was sentenced to six years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and seven months to finish on 24 February 2023.

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