“None of the drugs reached Australia’s shores,” Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, State Crime Command the Organised Crime Commander of the Squad, told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
The 101kg of the ice and cocaine from Mexico has a market value estimated at more than $ 50 million, while the Colombian shipment of cocaine has a street value of$ 150 million, according to police.
The arrest of three in Sydney and two in Adelaide — were made Thursday morning, and the men have been charged with various offences. The conspiracy was run from Australia, police said.
“The medicines are produced from Mexico, and from Colombia, but it was an Australian conspiracy,” said Det supt Cook.
A man is arrested in relation to a trade union international drug attempt of smuggling of cocaine and ice for Colombia and Mexico. Photo: NSW Police.
Five people have been arrested and charged over the drug of the plot.
Two men, aged 46 and 48, were nabbed at Darling Harbour parking, when a 40-year-old man was arrested in an Epping home.
At the same time, a 41-year-old man was arrested in a house in the suburbs of Adelaide in Collinswood. He will be extradited to new south wales in the coming days, police said Friday.
36-year-old woman was also arrested in the city of Adelaide.
During the raids, police allegedly seized more than $50,000 in cash, designer watches, gold and silver bullion.
The drugs have a street value of $200 million
The operation follows extensive joint investigations with the Mexican federal police after the drug has been intercepted in Mexico, on September 14. Det supt Cook thanked the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as South Australia police and the Mexican police for what was “a transparent investigation”.
The four men will face the court on Friday. The woman will face an Adelaide court next month.