AustraliaInternational drug smuggling ring raided as police seize $1million worth of ice hidden inside of hollowed out comic book
Four charged, $9m of drugs seized in NSW
Four men will face a NSW court after police busted their secret lab in the Southern Highlands and seized a large quantity of drugs, including cocaine.
A gang of criminals allegedly brought ice into Australian inside hollowed out copies of comic books.
Officers seized more than 3kg of methylamphetamine, cannabis, cash, an electric bike, a stolen 4.6m boat and trailer, and other drug paraphernalia after raiding nine properties on the Gold Coast.
The gang allegedly used mail and courier services to bring illicit drugs, worth $1million, into the country from the US.
Gold Coast Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the accused had travelled to the US numerous times since October 2018 to organise the smuggling.
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'We think it is coming from southern California, and as you'll appreciate, that is very close to the international borders of Mexico and such,' he told.
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'We've identified the supplier over there and Homeland Security are working with local police in America to take law enforcement action over there,' he said.
Detective Inspector Smith said Operation Romeo Vigilant has removed more than 30,000 hits off Queensland streets.
Detectives said they arrested 10 people following a six-month long investigation and execution of nine search warrants all over the Gold Coast.
The accused have been charged with 40 offences, including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs, money laundering, importing a border restricted drug, possession of dangerous drugs.
And with stealing, possession of drug utensils and possession of proceeds of a drug offence.
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The accused will appear before Southport Magistrates Court next month.
'This operation clearly demonstrates our ability to bring resources to bear on those involved in the supply of this insidious drug,' Detective Inspector Smith said.
'Our efforts will continue, and offenders need to understand every opportunity to bring then before the court will be taken regardless of the location or time of day.'
Ice traffickers jailed after hiding $10 million worth of meth in car hired from Perth Airport.
Two Korean men who hauled $10 million worth of methamphetamine across the country hidden inside a subwoofer in a hire car have each been sentenced to up to 12 years in jail. © ABC The ice was found hidden inside a hire car's subwoofer. Chae Tok Koo, 31, and Youngmin Bae, 29, were found guilty of trafficking 10 kilograms of pure ice from Perth through South Australia. South Australia's District Court heard that, in August 2017, the two men flew from Sydney to Perth with tickets they had purchased the day before.