Cocaine-by-post arrest after NSWPF-ABF operation

A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court after allegedly importing 400g of cocaine through the mail from Chile.

On Tuesday 18 February 2020, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at the Sydney mail facility examined a package described as containing a ‘survey ruler’.

Upon X-ray and further examination, the package was revealed to contain white powder concealed within a ruler which subsequently tested positive for cocaine.

ABF officers referred the detection to NSW Police Force, and officers from Burwood Police Area Command subsequently began an investigation.

After further inquiries, detectives arrested a 22-year-old man on Canterbury Road at Canterbury on Wednesday (26 February 2020).

A search warrant was also executed at a home in Canterbury, where officers seized mobile phones, $32,000 cash, a machete, cannabis, cocaine, various items associated with the supply of prohibited drugs, and three post parcels.

The man was taken to Burwood Police Station where he was charged with import commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, possess prohibited drug, possess unauthorised firearm, supply prohibited drug, and deal with the proceeds of crime.

The man appeared in Burwood Local Court today (Thursday 27 February 2020), and was refused bail to appear in the same court on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

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