AFP seizes 208 kilograms of meth in Sydney

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The AFP-led National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) has seized a shipment of more than 200 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine, worth more than $25 million, as part of an ongoing investigation into a transnational organized crime group.

Officers from Brisbane NAGS and the AFP’s Eastern Command located the drugs hidden in a shipment of olive oil on a truck in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield on July 30, 2022.

The drugs have an estimated value of $25.8 million, or more than two million street level deals.

AFP NAGS Detective Superintendent Jason McArthur said the AFP investigation indicated the shipment involved a syndicate with links to overseas.

“Australian-based organized crime groups have an international reach and will collaborate with known offenders residing offshore,” he said.

“The AFP, working with key partners in the National Anti-Gangs Squad, has successfully prevented this significant quantity of methamphetamine hitting from Australian streets, and stopped millions of dollars of drug profit flowing back into the syndicate to fund future criminal ventures.

“Illicit drugs like methamphetamine in the community create a domino effect of damage to Australians, including domestic violence, increased strain on the health system and community violence, as gangs fight for turf to sell their dangerous drugs.

“The investigation into the syndicate responsible for importing this shipment into Australia is ongoing and they should be on notice that we are ready and we are coming for them,” Detective Superintendent McArthur said.

The National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) was established in 2014 as a multi-agency law enforcement taskforce targeting organized criminal syndicates, including those involving members of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG). NAGS comprises of members from the AFP and State Police forces, as well as members from the Australian Taxation Office.

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