Australian authorities have launched an investigation after intercepting more than $430 million worth of the drug ice inside a shipment of refrigerators.
The container, shipped from Singapore, was declared to contain electric ovens. However, when examined by police at Sydney's Container Examination Facility on March 30, officers found 11 commercial refrigerators inside. X-rays suggested there were inconsistencies with the make-up of the fridges, prompting officers to investigate further.
Upon removing the back panel of seven of the fridges, officers discovered 561 packages of white crystalline substance, suspected to be methylamphetamine. Testing conducted following the find confirmed that it was indeed methamphetamine AKA "ice".
Police estimated the drug shipment, weighing 585 kilograms, had a potential street value of $438 million. According to Superintendent Garry Low of the Australian Border Force, the find is the largest that's been seized in NSW this year and also one of the largest that's ever been seized.
The discovery prompted the establishment of a joint investigation involving the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force's Organised Crime Squad, and the Australian Border Force.
On the 5th April, police executed two search warrants on properties in Sydney and investigations will be extending overseas involving overseas authorities. No arrests have yet been made.