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A Hong Kong man has been charged with importing 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, which had a potential street value of up to $100 million, into Sydney.

The 66-year-old man was arrested on Thursday at an address in Epping, in north-west Sydney, after the drugs, known as ice, were found hidden in cardboard barrels marked as “chemicals”.6472666-3x4-340x453

Customs officers said they found six barrels with several plastic bags concealed inside when they searched a sea freight shipment late last month.

The bags allegedly contained a white crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The drugs were handed over to the Australian Federal Police.

NSW regional commander for Customs and Border Protection, Tim Fitzgerald, said “anomalies” were detected in a consignment that originated from Hong Kong.

“An X-ray was undertaken of the consignment itself, where an image X-ray expert identified anomalies within the consignment,” he said at a press conference in Sydney.

“As a result of that, the consignment was examined by our Customs officers and the detection was made of 150 kilograms of ice.”

Mr Fitzgerald recognized the efforts by Customs intelligence analysts associated with the ice seizure.

“They work 24/7 identifying high-risk cargo and people coming across our border,” he said.

“Through their efforts, they identified this particular consignment as being high-risk.

“Subsequently it was profiled and sent for examination at our container contamination facility and led to the actual seizure itself.”

An AFP spokesman said it was the biggest seizure in Australia so far this year, after almost 900 kilograms of ice was seized in November last year.

The arrested man has been charged with importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border control drug, which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life or a $1.2 million fine or both.

He was due to appear in the Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-15/hong-kong-national-charged-with-importing-150-kg-of-ice/6472558

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