Author: KYLIE STEVENS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
A man is behind bars after a joint operation between New South Wales Police and Australian Border Force stopped 16 kilograms of heroin from hitting the streets of Sydney.
The $8 million haul is one of the biggest busts in recent years.
The crackdown comes after detectives from State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad recently received information about an importation conspiracy.
Following further inquiries, ABF officers targeted a package sent via air cargo from Thailand, which arrived in Sydney on May 1.
‘The package was examined and X-rayed where anomalies where noted, at which point ABF officers unpacked the consignment and located children’s clothing concealing eight packets of ‘copy paper’. Testing of the contents provided a positive result for heroin,’ a NSW Police statement said.
Officers tracked the package, which was delivered to a holding location in Sydney’s south-west and picked up by a 45-year-old man on Wednesday.
A short time later, a search warrant was executed at a home at Cabramatta West, where the man was arrested.