$39million worth of meth is found floating in litres of olive oil as cops charge accused smuggler with allegedly sneaking the drugs into Australia
- A $39million haul of liquid methamphetamines was seized by AFP in Sydney
- The foreign shipment was discovered in huge bottles of extra-virgin olive oil
- Australian Federal Police allegedly found the stash in a truck in Fairfield, Sydney
- A 29-year-old man was charged with allegedly importing drugs into Australia
- The 281kg of drugs was allegedly found last July from a joint AFP investigation
A massive $39million haul of illicit drugs has been discovered floating in large bottles of olive oil as an alleged smuggler is charged.
The 281kg stash of liquid methamphetamine was found in July 2021 inside a truck in the west Sydney suburb of Fairfield.
The AFP-led National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) was the one to make the discovery.
A Granville man was arrested and charged with importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine.
The 281kg stash of liquid methamphetamine was found in olive oil bottles (pictured) last July inside a truck in Fairfield in Sydney’s south west
The estimated wholesale value of the methamphetamine is approximately $39 million, the AFP said (pictured, the bottles of oil with the illicit drugs inside)
The 29-year-old man’s home was raided last September, where officers seized phones and a computer.
The AFP believe the man is associated with a transnational organised crime group that import illegal drugs and are connected to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs).
The man was allegedly linked to the extra-virgin olive oil foreign shipment via Operation Bendigo – an investigation into the illicit drug.
Images released by police showed the large plastic bottles of olive oil in boxes imported from overseas, that had the illicit drugs floating inside.
The estimated wholesale value of the methamphetamine is about $39 million, the AFP said.
The estimated wholesale value of the methamphetamine is approximately $39 million, the AFP said (pictured the seized shipments)
The AFP believe the man (pictured, during his arrest) is associated with a transnational organised crime group that import illegal drugs and are connected to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs)
National Anti-Gangs Squad Superintendent Anthony Conway said anyone who joins up with OMCGs will ‘regret it for life’.
‘The AFP, working together with our state and territory partner agencies, will continue to take deliberate action to best protect Australians from organised crime groups including OMCGs.’ Supt Conway said.
The National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) is made up of members of the AFP, state and territory police and the Australian Tax Office.
The man will face Parramatta Local Court on November 22.
The National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) is made up of members of the AFP, state and territory police and the Australian Tax Office (pictured, the olive oil stash)