Australian Federal Police

Men arrested over heroin imports

FIVE people accused of importing more than 20kg of pure heroin into Australia have been arrested in Sydney.

For the past eight months officers from the AFP, NSW Police and Customs Service have been tracking a Sydney-based heroin syndicate as part of Operation Joshua.

The operation began when border protection and AFP intercepted a shipping container carrying 190 boxes of clothing and rubber boots and two separate boxes concealing about 20kg of white powder in October last year.

Late Wednesday police raided homes across Sydney and arrested five men aged 45, 55, 52, 64 and 66.

On Thursday, NSW Police commander Mark Murdock said the arrests should serve as a warning to potential drug traffickers.

"If you even think you can smuggle this sort of contraband into the country, watch out, we will find you, smash your operation, and put you before the courts," Mr Murdock said

"(This has) been a long-running investigation and demonstrates the effectiveness of agencies working together to defeat those whose business it is to peddle misery and destroy lives."

Police will allege the heroin was imported from Thailand.

The maximum penalty for smuggling heroin into the country is life imprisonment.


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