$135 million worth of cocaine and methamphetamine shipped from Canada to Australia to Bentley

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Officers found 161 kilograms of crystal meth in bags and 30 kilograms of cocaine packed in well-wrapped pressed bricks

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Australian police found large consignments of cocaine and methamphetamine worth an estimated $140 million hidden inside a vintage Bentley luxury sedan that was shipped from Canada earlier this month.

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The mixed load of illicit drugs in demand was found crammed into a regal 1960 Bentley S2 which was placed in a shipping container and shipped by sea from Canada. He arrived at Port Botany in Sydney, according to New South Wales Police.

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The container was X-rayed by Australian Border Force officers who spotted suspicious anomalies. A closer examination of the Bentley revealed plastic bags containing crystal meth stuffed behind the headlights, authorities said.

It appears that the police removed the drugs, reassembled the car and allowed him to continue his journey to be delivered to whoever was waiting for him.
It appears that the police removed the drugs, reassembled the car and allowed him to continue his journey to be delivered to whoever was waiting for him. New South Wales Police Photo

Border agents called New South Wales Police, who partially dismantled the car. Officers found 161 kilograms of crystal meth in bags and 30 kilograms of cocaine packed in tightly packed pressed bricks.

Australian authorities have set up a task force to investigate the importation with the help of the RCMP, according to Australian authorities. The investigation was codenamed Strike Force Chime.

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On Thursday, detectives backed by heavily armed members of the Riot Squad raided a residence in suburban Sydney called Rooty Hill. Two men were arrested there, aged 22 and 23.

It appears that the police removed the drugs, reassembled the car and allowed him to continue his journey to be delivered to whoever was waiting for him.

Police photographs of the raid show the distinctive lines of a metallic silver Bentley in the driveway of a house, under an open carport. The left headlight is partially removed and hanging, and the left front tire is off, with tools scattered around. It appears the police waited for someone to start trying to retrieve the load before intervening.

Two handcuffed men are pictured sitting on the ground next to the car, guarded by police. Officers seized the Bentley and a Ford Focus, along with cell phones and a computer. Several tools, including an angle grinder, were examined on site.

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After a subsequent traffic stop on a motorway about 740 kilometers north, almost in Brisbane, a third man, 25, who was driving, and a 25-year-old female passenger, were arrested. A search of the Toyota SUV uncovered an additional 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine and about $1 million in cash hidden under the cargo area, police said.

Police photographs of the raid show the distinctive lines of a metallic silver Bentley in the driveway of a house, under an open carport.
Police photographs of the raid show the distinctive lines of a metallic silver Bentley in the driveway of a house, under an open carport. New South Wales Police Photo

All four suspects were denied bail.

Police estimated that the drugs had a combined value of 155 million Australian dollars, or about 140 million Canadian dollars.

The RCMP could not comment on the case by the deadline. It is not yet known where in Canada the car was shipped from.

Earlier this week, Australian authorities announced the country’s largest-ever seizure of fentanyl, saying it had also been shipped from Canada, hidden in an industrial tower.

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This shipment, also by sea, was shipped from Vancouver, the National Post learned, and arrived in Melbourne. It also contained more than one type of illicit drug: 11 kilograms of high-purity fentanyl and 30 kilograms of methamphetamine.

There have been no arrests in the case and Australian authorities have appealed to the public for information.

In the fentanyl case, the RCMP has not confirmed their involvement, but law enforcement sources confirmed to the Post that the RCMP was heavily involved in the investigation.

Earlier this week, RCMP spokeswoman Camille Boily-Lavoie told the Post that cooperation between international partners is essential in the fight against transnational organized crime groups involved in large-scale drug trafficking.

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“As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, organized crime groups continue to expand internationally, seeking more direct access to lucrative foreign and criminal markets,” Boily-Lavoie said.

“A significant portion of RCMP Federal Policing investigations focus on serious transnational organized crime networks that traffic multiple commodities, in Canada and abroad.

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There has been a glut of Canadians caught trying to take advantage of high demand in drug-hungry Australia, where street drug prices are generally much higher than in Canada.

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Some have made international headlines.

Earlier this year, two Canadian mobsters from Vancouver were convicted in Australia of running a multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring.

In 2019, Yaroslav Pastukhov, a music editor at Vice Media better known as Slava Pastuk, was convicted in Canada after recruiting young musicians, models and former Vice interns to work as drug mules for smuggle coke on flights to Australia.

Four Canadians and an American recruited by Pastukhov were arrested at Sydney airport with nearly 40 kilos of cocaine in their luggage.

In 2018, two Canadian women were caught with suitcases full of cocaine on a cruise ship in Australia. Their treasure trove of glamorous photos shared on social media throughout their luxury trip has made the story go viral.

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