Drug smugglers have hidden $8 million worth of heroin in a shipment of children’s clothing from Thailand to Sydney.
The drugs, disguised as “copy paper” were found after police X-rayed the consignment that arrived on May 1.
Tests on the paper were positive for heroin totalling 16kg, with a potential street value of $8 million.
The joint investigation by NSW Police and Australian Border Force saw the package had been delivered to a holding location in Sydney’s south-west, before being picked up by a 45-year-old man.
The man’s home at Cabramatta West was searched a short time later and the man was arrested.
Police then seized the package, along with a mobile phone, documentation and 27 cases of Johnny Walker Blue Label, valued at more than $30,000.
“We know we have put a decent dent in availability on the street but we can’t stop there,” NSW Police Drug and Firearms Squad Detective Chief Inspector Jason Weinstein said on Friday.
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“We will continue our inquiries into where it came from and where it was going.”
Further arrests are expected.
The man was charged with commercial drug supply and refused bail ahead of a court appearance in July.