Glamorous best friends accused of smuggling $ 3 million worth of ice cream to Australia in ration packs burst into tears as they appear in court
- Israh Chahine and Alexandra Karanfilovska are said to have helped import meth
- The delivery was found to contain food packages from America, police said
- Police claimed the 5.7 kg of meth has an estimated street value of $ 2.7 million
- The 23-year-olds stood crying and handcuffed before the Central Local Court on Tuesday
Best friends who reportedly smuggled ice for $ 3 million to Australia burst into tears when they seemed handcuffed in court.
Israh Chahine and Alexandra Karanfilovska, both 23, appeared on Tuesday at the Central Local Court accused of importing commercial amounts of the drug.
The Australian Border Force monitored the couple’s phones and intercepted the bust on May 6.
Alexandra Karanfilovska (photo) cried when she was in court and charged with helping import nearly $ 3 million worth of meth into food packages from America to Australia
Israh Chahine (pictured) was accused of importing $ 3 million meth along with her best friend
Shipment inspection is said to have revealed 5.7 kg of methamphetamine (pictured), which police claim has an estimated street value of $ 2.7 million
Police raided their homes in Arncliffe, south Sydney, on May 13 and reportedly found food parcels from the United States.
A closer inspection of the shipment is said to have revealed 5.7 kg of methamphetamine, which police claim has an estimated street value of $ 2.7 million.
Police will claim that the package was addressed to Chahine, but was sent to Karanfilovska’s address.
“It suggests a high level of planning, except that you are the addressee and take possession of it and then pass it on,” prosecutor Chelsea Brain told magistrate Alexander Mijovich, St George Shire Standard reported.
“The role of (Chahine) goes beyond courier.”
The Australian Border Force intercepted the delivery, which appeared to contain food packages from the US on May 6 (photo)
Israh Chahine (photo) remains under house arrest and may only leave with an approved chaperone
Chahine and Karanfilovska would have been caught discussing how much money they would make over the phone after the package was delivered to fellow suspect Adam Ayshan and Mohamad Hawchar.
After taking the package to Ayshan, Chahine contacts Karanfilovska and says’ are you satisfied with $ 1,000? “Ms Brain told the court.
Karanfilovska asks how much Chahine received, she says $ 2,000 and she doesn’t want to do it again for $ 1,000.
Their lawyer Ahmad Dib told the court that his clients were unaware of the drugs in the alleged packages.
Magistrate Mijovich accepted Mrs Brian’s explanation that the police had a “strong case” against the girls.
Chahine and Karanfilovska remain under house arrest and may only leave with an approved chaperone.
Nor are they allowed to communicate with each other under their bail conditions.
The case is due to return to court on July 28.