Man charged over SA ice haul denied bail


One of three men charged over a $119 million ice seizure in South Australia will defend the allegations, a court has heard.

John Edmond McInerney, 36, was denied bail in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday with a prosecutor alleging the 119 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was hidden in structural beams shipped from Malaysia.

At the time of the arrests, the Australian Federal Police said the ice had arrived in Melbourne in April, hidden in a stand designed to allow for the transport of commercial equipment.

The AFP said the drugs were discovered after "anomalies" in the delivery prompted inspections by Border Force officials.

Police seized the drugs and replaced them with substitute packages and began a controlled delivery of the equipment, watching as it travelled through Victoria to a large rural property in South Australia.

In court on Thursday, a commonwealth prosecutor alleged McInerney had picked up the consignment in Melbourne and, in the company of another car, had driven across the border into SA where the shipment was loaded on to the second vehicle.

But defence counsel Anthony Perre said McInerney denied he was the driver of the car and would defend the charges.

Chief magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal denied bail because of the seriousness of the alleged offending and remanded McInerney in custody to return to court on July 4, along with his co-accused, when prosecution declarations will be provided.