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Friday, March 1, 2013

Biggest drug seizure in Australian history

Last September, a member of the public rang police to say there was something suspicious going on at a warehouse in Sydney.  That one phone call led to the biggest seizure of ice in Australian history - 585 kg worth $430 million, hidden inside four containers shipped from Southern China.

By mid-November, the Asian Crime Squad was joined by the NSW Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police and other government agencies.  They substituted the 38 bags of methamphetamine with a fine white powder, packed them up, sent the containers on their way, and waited.

On Wednesday, three men turned up and were allegedly caught red handed removing the bags to a van.  They were Australian Tony Ming Ly 21, Hong Kong national Cheung Tuen 51, and Singaporean national Boon Cheng Leow 32.

Tony Ly is an IT student from the University of Western Sydney and his mother offered to put up the family home in Canley Heights as surety for her son but the Magistrate refused bail.  The other two men didn't apply for bail.

Police allege Ly hired the van the day before to remove the drug. Within the van's GPS was an address where officers found 18 kg of iodine, used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

All three men will appear in court on May 8.

Source:  Daily Telegraph