Four men have been arrested after 400 kilograms of the drug ice, worth more than an eye-watering $300 million, was found hidden in bottles of sriracha hot sauce.
NSW Police says Australian Border Force (ABF) intercepted an air cargo consignment which arrived at a Sydney freight depot from the United States on October 15. It contained 768 bottles of supposed sriracha sauce, which tested positive for methylamphetamine.
Its estimated street value is said to be over $300 million.
Three men – aged 30, 34, and 36 – were arrested across Sydney last week, and all have been charged with attempt to possess a commercial quantity unlawful import: border-controlled drug and large commercial drug supply.
Further investigations unearthed boxes of the laced sriracha sauce in a car and hotel suite in Sydney’s CBD.
The fourth man, aged 45, was arrested this morning at Edensor Park in Sydney’s west.
“This has been a complex investigation and we know the methylamphetamine in this import was headed for a clandestine lab in the Sydney Metropolitan area for the extraction process to occur,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.
“We will not stop with the arrests of these four men who are key members of the network. We will conduct further investigations with our law enforcement partners to identify other people linked to the group.”
Acting ABF Regional Commander for NSW, Matt O’Connor, said the seizure had stopped about four million hits of ice from reaching the streets.
“This detection should serve as a warning to criminal groups that no matter how clever you think you are being in the way that you attempt to conceal and move your drugs, our officers have the skills, technology and the resources to find them and track down the people who are attempting to bring them in.”Image: NSW Police