Cromer man charged with importing $5.8 million in cocaine

CONCEALED: A Cromer man has faced court after he allegedly imported $5.8m worth of cocaine into Sydney. Picture: NSW Police
CONCEALED: A Cromer man has faced court after he allegedly imported $5.8m worth of cocaine into Sydney. Picture: NSW Police

A CROMER man has fronted court for allegedly importing 13 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $5.8 million.

The drugs were discovered when authorities identified inconsistencies in a package that arrived into Sydney in an air cargo consignment from Greece.

"During a subsequent deconstruction, the consignment was found to contain 13 kilograms of an unknown substance concealed within a steering console of a boat tender," a NSW Police spokesperson said.

"The contents were tested and returned a presumptive positive result for cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $5.8 million."

Joint inquiries were subsequently commenced by the Organised Crime Squad under Strike Force Mactier, together with the Australian Federal Police and NSW Crime Commission.

As part of ongoing investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 34-year-old man during a vehicle stop at Bay Road, Waverton, about 1pm on Tuesday.

"The vehicle was searched, and detectives seized $7690 cash, mobile phones and sim cards," the police spokesperson said.

"Later that day, a search warrant was executed at a home on Cromer Street, Cromer, where investigators seized a mobile phone, sim card, steroid tablets and documentation.

"All items seized will be subject to further examination."

He was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with possess commercial quantity suspect illegal import border-controlled drug, deal with property proceeds of crime and possess anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent.

The man was refused bail to appear before Manly Local Court on Wednesday.

Investigations under are ongoing.

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