One of Australia & # 39; s largest ever cocaine tail as $ 34 MILLION worth of the drug is found hidden in Che Guevara brand packs shipped from Africa
- A South African man, 45, reportedly tried to bring 68 kilos of cocaine to Australia
- The drugs arrived as part of a shipment and were found in the base of a box
- Each package, weighing approximately one kilo, was marked with Che Guevara & # 39; s face
A South African man has been charged after allegedly trying to bring nearly 70 pounds of cocaine to Australia.
The police found $ 34 million in drugs hidden in the base of a large wooden box that was shipped from South Africa to Sydney last month.
The shipping container with wooden furniture arrived in Sydney on April 8 and was taken to an examination facility to be x-rayed.
Agents saw abnormalities in the inside crates, which allegedly turned out to be packets of cocaine.
Each of the 61 packages, each weighing just over a kilo, was marked with an image of Che Guevara & # 39; s face, hidden in a thick plank of wood and covered with sawdust.
A 45-year-old man was charged after the police found 68 kilos of cocaine, divided into packages of one kilo and marked with Che Guevara & # 39; s face
The bust – one of the largest in Australia's history – was made last month when a suspicious package arrived from South Africa
The packages were hidden in the bottom of a box, packed and covered with saw dust
Police arrested the 45-year-old man after allegedly opening the shipment just before 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Shortly after the man's arrest, the police carried out three search warrant orders in Campbelltown, west of Sydney.
Officers say they have items & # 39; relevant to the investigation & # 39; grabbed during the raids & # 39; s.
The man was accused of importing a commercial amount of a border-controlled medicine and owns a commercial amount of a border-control crop through illegal import.
He was refused bail on Tuesday and will appear on Wednesday at the local court in Campbelltown.
A 45-year-old man was arrested and charged before the police carried out three search warrant orders in Campbelltown in western Sydney
Officials found the cocaine in the bottom shelf of a wooden box (photo)
In February, another massive drug bomb in Sydney saw police seize 11 firearms, more than 600 ammunition cartridges, more than $ 600,000 cash, and prohibited drugs including more than 11 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated potential street value of around $ 14 million.
The police arrested five men and a woman following the bust, two of whom were already in custody.
Every package has been repaired and weighed by the police (photo)
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