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Whopping 384kg of cocaine worth more than $140million is found

A massive stash of cocaine weighing 384kg and with a street value of more than $140million has been found inside a second-hand excavator sent to Australia from South Africa. 

The Australian Border Force found the huge haul at the Sydney Container Examination Facility after an x-ray was conducted in June.

The shipment is believed to have been headed to ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, as well as to Melbourne and Canberra.

Two men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested at a business in Bungendore, east of Canberra, on Sunday after the cocaine bust.  








A massive stash of cocaine weighing 384kg and with a street value of more than $140million has been found inside a second-hand excavator sent from South Africa.

A massive stash of cocaine weighing 384kg and with a street value of more than $140million has been found inside a second-hand excavator sent from South Africa. 

The Australian Border Force found the massive haul of drugs at the Sydney Container Examination Facility after an x-ray was conducted on the construction item in June

The Australian Border Force found the massive haul of drugs at the Sydney Container Examination Facility after an x-ray was conducted on the construction item in June

The two men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and for attempting to possess a border control drug.

The pair appeared in the Queanbeyan Magistrates Court on Monday via video link and were remanded in custody. They did not apply for bail.

Officers drilled open the excavator, where they seized packages of cocaine weighing one kilogram each and were found inside the boom, following the x-ray.

The drug bust was part of a joint operation with NSW and ACT police, Australian Federal Police, ABF and other partners.

Officers from the ACT joined forces after receiving a tip-off relating to a possible drug importation syndicate operating in southern NSW and the ACT.

Officers drilled open the excavator, where they seized packages of cocaine weighing one kilogram each and were found inside the boom, following the x-ray

Officers drilled open the excavator, where they seized packages of cocaine weighing one kilogram each and were found inside the boom, following the x-ray

ACT Chief Police Officer Ray Johnson said the joint operation proved the territory shouldn’t be seen as an easy target for criminal gangs to bring in drugs.

‘Crime groups should be on notice – all of our agencies are working together to disrupt your activities and bring you before the courts,’ Officer Johnson said.

AFP Acting Deputy Commissioner Operations Sharon Huey described the incident as ‘an incredibly sophisticated concealment of cocaine’.

‘Our officers have highly sophisticated technology at their disposal and this detection really shows no matter the lengths criminals go to – even if they weld drugs into machinery – we have the skills and equipment to find these concealments,’ she said.

The pair will face court again in September.

Officers from the ACT joined forces after receiving a tip-off relating to a possible drug importation syndicate operating in southern NSW and the ACT

Officers from the ACT joined forces after receiving a tip-off relating to a possible drug importation syndicate operating in southern NSW and the ACT

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