Two arrested in Sydney over alleged seizure of 300 kilograms of Thai heroin
Two Sydney men have been arrested in connection with a major heroin seizure in Thailand, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has confirmed to media.
The AFP said the two men, including a 38-year-old who is said to be one of the “main threats to organized crime in Australia”, colluded to import some 314 kilograms of heroin from Thailand to Australia.
According to police, they used closed encrypted platforms, including AN0M, a service secretly tracked by FBI agents.
Both men were charged last week after search warrants were executed at homes in western Sydney.
Police will argue in court that evidence gathered during the searches shows that the two men were behind a plan to import the heroin from Thailand.
Thailand’s customs authorities found the drugs hidden in paint drums on July 5 while investigating an outbound ocean freight container bound for Queensland.
The AFP said in a statement that the seized heroin has an estimated street value of 117 million Australian dollars (85 million dollars).
“It is alleged that a thorough investigation of the communications on encrypted devices that the men have been using for the past eight months has enabled AFP investigators to confirm their real identities and link them to offences related to the attempted murder. imports,” the statement said.
“Transnational serious organized crime continues to try to send heroin across our borders to monetize the misery they are spreading,” said AFP Deputy Commissioner Kirsty Schofield.
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