Teens Charged Over 490Kg Meth Bust Found In Car Bonnets
Almost half a tonne of the drug 'ice' has been found stashed inside dozens of car bonnets shipped to Australia from Malaysia.
Australian Border Force officers made the discovery inside a container that arrived at Sydney's Port Botany on November 28.
Nearly 5000 packages were allegedly located in the skin of the bonnets, containing about 490 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Federal police raided several Sydney properties last week over the shipment, arresting and charging two men, aged 17 and 19.
It will be alleged they were set to receive the shipment before passing it on to other members of a criminal syndicate responsible for the importation, the AFP said in a statement on Friday.
The 17-year-old is due to face a children's court on Friday, while the other man will front Central Local Court on February 6.
"Whether it be in car bonnets, clothing, meat mincing machines or even highlighters - our officers have seen it all, and they have sophisticated technology at their disposal to identify these illicit substances no matter how criminals try to hide them," ABF Commander Danielle Yannopoulos said.