AN0M raids lead to four more men charged with drug trafficking in Sydney and the Central Coast

Four more alleged drug traffickers are busted by AN0M app after it finds $288 million worth of meth hidden in a truck

  • A shipment that landed in Brisbane on June 5 contained 418kg of hidden drugs
  • At the beginning of May, 43 kg was found hidden under a truck and in a roof cavity
  • Two men aged 37 and 35 from the Central Coast region have been charged
  • A 49-year-old Bardia man and a 36-year-old Roseland man were also charged

Four accused drug traffickers have been charged after police reportedly found 461 kg of hidden meth worth $288 million.

The bulk of the drugs were found in a shipment of a gearbox and hydraulic press and another 43 kg in an unregistered truck and the roof cavity of a house.

The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Patrol investigated a container they believed to contain drugs on June 5 after it landed in Brisbane.

$288 million worth of methamphetamine has been seized and four men have been charged with traffic violations as AN0M raids continued across Australia

Drugs were found in Brisbane when police searched a shipment containing a gearbox and hydraulic press (pictured), where they found 418kg of methamphetamine

Drugs were found in Brisbane when police searched a shipment containing a gearbox and hydraulic press (pictured), where they found 418kg of methamphetamine

Inside, they reportedly found a gearbox that hid 96 packets of meth, weighing 195 kg, as well as 52 other packets hidden in a 223 kg hydraulic press.

Following the seizure of 418kg of meth, a 37-year-old man from Erina Heights on the NSW Central Coast and a 49-year-old man from Bardia in southwestern Sydney were charged with importing a controlled substance.

A home in Doyalson, on the NSW Central Coast, was also searched on May 12 and 20kg of meth was reportedly found under a truck.

The searches continued and on May 13, police found two large duffel bags in a roof cavity of a Seven Hills property.

The bags reportedly contained approximately 23kg of meth, leading to the arrest of a 36-year-old Roseland man and a 35-year-old Central Coast man.

The men were charged with dealing in a commercial quantity of controlled drugs.

Four men have been charged with human trafficking, two from the Central Coast, one from Bardia in Sydney's southwest and one from Seven Hills in Sydney's west.

Four men have been charged with human trafficking, two from the Central Coast, one from Bardia in Sydney’s southwest and one from Seven Hills in Sydney’s west.

At a property in Doyalson, NSW's Central Coast, 20kg of methamphetamine was found under an unregistered truck, and another 23kg was found in a roof cavity of a Seven Hills home.

At a property in Doyalson, NSW’s Central Coast, 20kg of methamphetamine was found under an unregistered truck, and another 23kg was found in a roof cavity of a Seven Hills home.

The arrest was linked to Operation Ironside, which collected information about organized crime through a fake messaging app.

The AN0M app was created by the FBI and marketed by informants to criminals as a secret, untraceable way to close drug deals, who then distributed it to their contacts.

However, the app had been manipulated to send every word they wrote back to law enforcement officers around the world.

“The AFP has been able to keep these drugs off the streets through continued cooperation with our partners,” Detective Detective Inspector Wilson said.

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