Wo charged after nearly $1.5 million worth of ‘ice’ concealed in kitchen equipment seized

Organised Crime Squad detectives have charged two people after seizing nearly 10kg of ‘ice’ following an investigation into the alleged importation of prohibited drugs.

On Friday 2 April 2021, officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) intercepted a consignment of kitchen equipment which arrived in Sydney from the United States of America (USA).

During a subsequent deconstruction, the consignment was found to contain 9.7kg of a crystallised substance concealed within a metal kettle.

The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for methylamphetamine (ice), which has an estimated potential street value of $1.46 million.

An investigation was subsequently commenced by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, with assistance from the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC), who conducted a controlled delivery.

Following extensive investigations, a 32-year-old man and a 27-year old woman were arrested at Mascot Police Station just before 4.30pm yesterday (Monday 28 June 2021).

They were both charged with conspiracy to import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug and attempted import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug.

It will be alleged in court that the pair were involved in the attempted import of 9.7kg of ‘ice’ in April this year.

It will be further alleged the pair were involved in a conspiracy to import 7.8kg of cocaine, with an estimated potential street value of $1.95 million, from the USA to NSW.

The pair were both refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Tuesday 29 June 2021).

Investigations by the Organised Crime Squad are continuing.

Anyone with information relating to the importation or supply of illicit drugs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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