SYDNEY – Two men have been arrested and charged in Sydney in relation to a seizure of 233 kilograms of cocaine concealed in aluminum ingots from Mexico, Australian Federal Police said on Wednesday.
The drugs have a street market value of about AU$105 million ($71.6 million), according to an AFP statement.
The concealment in the aluminum ingots “was complex and well-constructed in an attempt to defeat detection by authorities,” it said.
As part of the operation that began in September, police arrested on Tuesday two people on the outskirts of Sydney, including a 61-year-old British citizen.
The two men were charged with “attempt to possess and commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine,” which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, AFP said.
“We will continue to gather intelligence and warn any criminal network considering importing a border controlled drug – you face a life sentence,” said NSW Police Force State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith.
The pair is to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Wednesday.