Police Seize 200kg Of Ice Hidden Inside Woodworking Tools Bound For Sydney

Three men are facing up to life in prison if convicted of importing 200kg of ice, hidden inside metal lathes sent to Sydney from Malaysia.

What you need to know
  • Drugs hidden inside woodwork equipment
  • Found after the container from Malaysia was examined at Sydney port
  • Three men arrested and due in a Sydney court today could face life in jail if convicted

When the shipment of two lathes arrived in Sydney from Malaysia last month, officers from the Australian Border Force felt something “wasn’t quite right”.

As they turned on their high powered X-rays, their suspicions proved correct: hidden inside the machinery was 200kg of crystal methamphetamine, the insidious drug commonly referred to as ice.

It was concealed inside small packages which were marked as containing “tea”.

Police uncovered the drugs inside lathes headed for Sydney.

Federal and NSW police swung into action. The drugs were seized and replaced with a harmless substance, then delivered to a warehouse in the south-western Sydney suburb of Kingsgrove.

Yesterday, three men were arrested, allegedly trying to collect the drugs, which had been loaded into a single suitcase for easy transportation.

Three men attempted to collect the drugs, which were loaded into a single suitcase for easy transportation.

Two, aged 22 and 29, are from Taiwan and the third is a 22 year old Chinese national.

Three men were arrested following the bust.

They’ll face Central Local Court this morning, charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs.

The Chinese national was also charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

They could face life sentences if convicted.

Police are still running the numbers, but the haul could be worth as much as $170 million, and provide 1.5 million individual “hits”.