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Three Vietnamese nationals believed to be part of a major drugs syndicate have been arrested after Australian Federal Police and Border Force officials seized a 300-kilogram shipment of methamphetamine.

The men were arrested on Thursday after trying to gain access to the drugs, which were hidden in metal frames sent from China.

When border officials raised suspicion about the shipment they referred the container to the AFP, who after deconstructing the shipment found the drugs wrapped in bubble wrap.

Authorities then conducted what’s known as a “controlled delivery”, where police delivered the container without the drugs to an address in Derrimut and waited for someone to retrieve them.

Authorities then executed warrants across Melbourne’s west as well as the CBD.

The three men aged between 23 and 25 have been charged with importing offences and are all being held in custody. All three have appeared in court.

It is believed the men have been living in Australia.

Federal Police Detective Neil Burnage said that the syndicate had been under “examination” and had taken up significant resources.

“Any syndicate that can arrange an importation such as this has significant reach,” he said.

“And the loss of 300kg worth of narcotics is certainly not what they were hoping for.”

Border Force regional commander James Watson said drug syndicates were increasingly using sophisticated methods to smuggle drugs into the country.

“Criminal syndicates are spending significant time effort and energy trying to smuggle these substances in and stand to make huge profits,” he said.

“[But] our officers have the expertise and technology to detect even the most elaborate concealment and we are reaching record detections.”

 

 

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