A man has been arrested and charged after Australian police officers found $8 million worth of heroin on May 16.
The discovery was the result of an investigation from the New South Wales Police Force and the Australian Border Force, authorities said in a news release.
Officers seized a package sent via air cargo from Thailand to Sydney and found children’s clothing concealing eight packets that later tested positive for heroin.
In total, police officers seized 16 kilograms (35 pounds) of heroin, which has an estimated street value of $8 million.
The officers released the package back to its original route and a man later picked up the package. He was arrested after officers served a search warrant at his home in Cabramatta West on May 16.
The 45-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was charged with knowingly taking part in large commercial drug supply.
The man was refused bail and is scheduled to appear back in court on July 18.
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“With the seizure of 16kg of heroin, we know we have put a decent dent in availability on the street, but we can’t stop there; we will continue our inquiries into where it came from and where it was going,” Drug and Firearms Squad’s Detective Chief Inspector Jason Weinstein said, noting that investigators are focused on targeting the supply chain not only in Australia but also abroad.
Heroin is considered one of the most addictive drugs.
Garry Low, superintendent of investigations with the Australian Border Force, said that the drug harms people across the country.
“Heroin is extremely addictive and destructive, it rips apart families and does untold damage to those who become trapped in its grip,” Superintendent Low said. “Keeping these illicit substances out of the hands of those who seek to make a profit from vulnerable members of our society is a high priority for the ABF.”
The investigation into the heroin is still ongoing and officers said they expect to arrest more people soon.