2 men charged over drugs smuggled into Australia

2016-08-04 21:37
File picture of the Australian Federal Police's largest ever seizure of methamphetamine, found in a shipment of cleaning chemicals. (Australian Federal Police, AFP)

File picture of the Australian Federal Police's largest ever seizure of methamphetamine, found in a shipment of cleaning chemicals. (Australian Federal Police, AFP)

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Melbourne — Australian officials said on Thursday that two men had been charged with drug smuggling after methamphetamine valued at $90m had been shipped from Africa to Sydney hidden in wooden logs.

The Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force said in a joint statement that all 154kg had been smuggled inside 14 logs.

Police detected the drugs in Sydney and monitored the logs as they were delivered to Melbourne in July.

Police launched simultaneous raids, arresting a 64-year-old man in Sydney and a 20-year-old man in Melbourne. They were both charged with importing a commercial quantity of the drug and face potential life sentences in prison if convicted.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said international drug rings targeted Australia because Australians were prepared to pay among the world's highest prices for methamphetamine, their most popular illicit drug after cannabis.

Most of the methamphetamine in Australia comes from China, Hong Kong and Africa, Keenan said.

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