Watch the dramatic moment cops bust drug truck carrying $50MILLION worth of cocaine – after it allegedly rammed police cars on a major highway during desperate bid to escape with 125kg booty
- Police swarm on a truck carrying cocaine worth $50million on Sydney’s M7
- It is alleged the chase on Sydney highway the truck rammed police cars
- Six arrests made in Australia and the UK as police global target drug syndicate
Heavily armed police swarmed a truck allegedly carrying $50million of cocaine after it busted through a police barricade in a desperate bid to escape.
The truck was tailed by police in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon after they received a tip from UK cops that it was part of an international syndicate importing drugs into NSW.
Officers followed the truck from a property at Cawdor, near Camden in Sydney’s west.
However, when they first attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly rammed the truck into multiple police cars and kept driving.
Dramatic footage shows the moment they were eventually able to stop the truck before grabbing and arresting three suspects.
Police say the truck contained 125kg of cocaine with a street value of $50 million
Police monitored the truck being loaded at property in Sydney’s west
Aaron James Pearce, 29, Daniel John Skaines, 32, and Corey Jones, 29, have now been charged with multiple drug importation offenses.
Later in the evening, detectives also searched a property in Lane Cove, where a number of items were seized.
All three men appeared before Sydney courts on Wednesday and did not apply for bail – which was formally refused.
In total, six people have been arrested in the operation, with three others arrested in Britain.
‘All were held on suspicion of conspiracy to export a controlled drug and are now being questioned by NCA officers,’ a statement from NSW Police said.
The discovery of the truck came through a joint police investigation launched earlier this year between Australian and British police.
Under Operation Phobetor, NSW Police combined forces with the Australian Federal Police, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Border Force and Britain’s Border Force and National Crime Agency.
NSW Police organised crime squad Commander Rob Critchlow said police were ‘very pleased with the result’ but the investigation will continue.
Heavily armed officers swarm around a truck alleged to be carrying a large shipment of cocaine
One of the three men that were arrested roadside is placed in handcuffs by police
The industrial generator that police seized was seized by police as evidence
Police allege the cocaine was concealed in the base of an industrial generator
More properties are set to searched, he added.
‘This was clearly a highly co-ordinated syndicate who have gone to extreme efforts both here and in Europe to ensure their shipment of drugs arrived uninhibited,’ he said on Wednesday.
‘This is a major operation involving international partners which has produced great success.
‘Our intelligence sharing capabilities both here and overseas has resulted in the complete devastation of this criminal enterprise.’
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