THE AUSTRALIAN Federal Police have arrested three Sydney men and a boy, 17, for allegedly attempting to possess about 230 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in an industrial-sized pulley. The four could face life imprisonment if convicted.
The pulley was sent to Sydney from China and arrived on 29 April. It was delivered to a business in the Sydney suburb of Wetherill Park on Friday (5 May).
The men and boy were arrested on Saturday (6 May) in Wetherill Park after they allegedly attempted to access an inert substance placed inside the pulley.
The AFP raided the business on Saturday and arrested a Glenmore Park man, 35, a Woy Woy man, 23, a Saint Hubert’s Island man, 21 and Penrith boy, 17.
Police also seized power tools used to cut into the industrial-sized pulley and mobile phones.
The AFP will allege the four people arrested are part of a criminal syndicate and played an integral part in attempting to access the large amount of methamphetamine.
The men were remanded in custody in reappear in Downing Centre Local Court today (5 July).
The boy was granted conditional bail and will reappear in Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday (6 July).
AFP Commander John Tanti said the AFP remained dedicated to targeting illicit drug importations, which undermined our national security, economy and social security.
“Transnational organised crime does not respect borders but the AFP has repeatedly demonstrated it can thrive in a borderless environment to protect the Australian community,” Commander Tanti said.