Joint Police Task Force Arrest Two Men in Sydney for Allegedly Importing Approximately 2KG of Cocaine
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) March 09, 2011
A joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police investigation has led to the arrest of two men for allegedly importing cocaine into Australia concealed in vehicle shock absorbers.
A 47-year-old man and 21-year-old man, both Vietnamese nationals, will appear in Burwood Local Court today.
On 5 March 2011, Customs and Border Protection officers targeted and intercepted two international mail consignments from Canada when they arrived in Sydney.
The parcels each contained four vehicle shock absorbers, revealing approximately two kilograms of a white powder substance.
Preliminary testing indicated the substance was cocaine.
The matter was referred to the AFP and a controlled operation was undertaken with the assistance of the NSW Police Drug Squad.
The parcels were delivered to residential premises in Punchbowl and Riverwood yesterday, 8 March 2011.
The men were arrested by police at each premise and charged with attempting to possess a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
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