POLICE and customs officers have seized more than 70 kilograms of the drug ice worth up to $42 million after finding it in outdoor furniture shipped from Hong Kong.
Three Sydney men have been charged over the haul after a joint operation by Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Police said on Friday that earlier this month customs officers acting on a tip-off inspected a shipping container that had arrived at Sydney from Hong Kong carrying an outdoor dining set.
Further inspection, including X-rays, revealed about 70 one-kilogram packages hidden in the frames of five lounges, police say.
The AFP subsequently carried out an operation in Fairfield and raided homes in Sydney overnight.
"Ice is a terrible drug that destroys people's lives," Customs and Border Protection National Manager Cargo Operations Jagtej Singh said in a statement, adding the seizure would protect the community.
AFP Manager of Serious and Organised Crime David Sharpe said the charges were a great result for the two agencies.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine and a 19-year-old and a 32-year-old man have been charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.
They were due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.
The maximum penalty for each offence is life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.
21st September 2012
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