Ice import in gears

A joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) operation has resulted in the arrest of one man and the seizure of about two kilograms of methamphetamine.

The operation began late last month when ABF officers examined an air mail consignment labelled as ‘iron bolt’ which upon closer examination contained mechanical gears. An inspection of the gears detected anomalies and within three items plastic packages containing a white crystalline material were discovered.

Initial testing indicated a positive for methamphetamine. Further testing will confirm the exact weight and purity of the material.

The matter was referred to the AFP and yesterday (5 April 2016) a 24-year-old Iranian national was arrested at a residence in North Parramatta.

He was charged importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth).

The man is expected to appear in the Central Local Court today (Wednesday 6 April). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

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