Five charged after allegedly stealing $1 million worth of baby formula


Five people have been charged over the alleged coordinated theft of more than $1 million worth of baby formula across Sydney.

The latest arrest came on Saturday, when a 31-year-old man was detained at Sydney Airport after he arrived on a flight from China.

The Carlingford man was charged and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday, where he was granted strict bail. He will reappear at Parramatta Local Court on January 30.

A 31-year-old man detained at Sydney Airport after he arrived on a flight from China. He’s been charged over the theft of $1 million worth of baby formula. Source: NSW Police
He’s been charged with with an arrest warrant for the offences of recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity. Source: NSW Police

In August, investigators from Strike Force Dungv searched two homes in Carlingford and seized 4000 tins of baby formula, large quantities of vitamins, and Manuka honey; all of which were allegedly stolen. They also seized more than $215,000 in cash, allegedly the proceeds of crime.

A 48-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were charged at that time and remain before the courts.

Another man, 53, was arrested on December 19 and a 29-year-old woman on January 4.

Police will allege in court that the two men and woman were part of an organised syndicate receiving more than $1 million worth of stolen products, including baby formula and health supplements, which were then on-sold overseas.

Police find 4000 containers of baby formula at Carlingford in August 2018. Source: NSW Police