Authorities seize 109kg of drugs hidden inside fish
ALMOST 110kg of methamphetamine and heroin has been seized by Australian Federal Police after a shipment came through a New South Wales port hidden inside pallets of frozen fish.
Two men have now been charged by the Joint Organised Crime Group for attempting to bring 88kg of heroin and 21kg of methamphetamine into Australia.
The team is made up of officers from NSW Police, AFP, Customs and Border Protection, NSW Crime Commission and the Australian Crime Commission.
The investigation to target the two men began earlier this month after a 57-year-old Vietnamese Canadian man turned up in Australia after Customs received key intelligence.
A 55-year-old was also charged.
Customs intercepted three pallets of frozen fish inside polystyrene boxes that had come from Kuala Lumpur.
Officers found ice packs containing "clear and brown liquids" were hidden beneath the fish.
The brown liquid was found to contain heroin and the clear mixture contained methamphetamine.
On September 9, authorities swapped out the drugs then let the consignment go on its way.
The next day, police believe these two men tried to take delivery.
AFP and NSW Police officers used two search warrants in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, where police report finding a "heavy duty press" that police believe is used to compress bricks of heroin.
Both men face two charges to trying to possess heroin and methamphetamine.
The 57-year-old also faces two extra charges for attempting to import the drugs.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said organised crime groups are motivated purely by greed and self-interest.
"Organised crime groups prey on the vulnerable and leech from the law-abiding majority," Commissioner Scipione said.
"We make no apologies for relentlessly hunting down those who shamelessly enhance their own lives by ruthlessly destroying others.
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