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Aussie Police Intercept Nearly 400kgs Of Cocaine Found In Excavator

Aussie Police Intercept Nearly 400kgs Of Cocaine Found In Excavator

A multi-police agency operation has caught nearly 400 kilograms of cocaine being brought into Australia inside an excavator.

Over the years, drug traffickers have had to look at different ways of getting their substances across borders without detection - and this is certainly a step up in terms of effort.

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The excavator was discovered on a shipment from South Africa, where authorities located around $144 million worth of the white stuff hidden inside the machine's arm.

They allowed the shipment to be delivered, which led to two people from New South Wales being arrested.

Australian Border Force Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Sharon Huey, said: "Our officers have highly sophisticated technology at their disposal and this detection really shows no matter the lengths these criminals go to -- even if they weld drugs into machinery -- we have the skills and equipment to find these concealments."

It's the largest drug seizure for the ACT Police and no doubt they are buzzing about disrupting the local drug supply.

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10 Daily reports the local police believe an undisclosed bikie gang operates the drug syndicate.

Credit: ACT Police
Credit: ACT Police

Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Ray Johnson added: "It's clear this group thought that bringing drugs into our district using this machinery would avoid the scrutiny of law enforcement. The seizure of the 384 kilograms of cocaine and the recent arrests shows how wrong they were," Chief Police Officer Johnson said.

"The partnership of all the agencies involved has led to this successful outcome. Crime groups should be on notice - all of our agencies are working together to disrupt your activities and bring you before the courts."

Now, if you thought that was an interesting way to smuggle drugs, then check this out.

Footage from the US Coast Guard shows how officers jumped onto a moving submarine that was carrying around eight tonnes worth of cocaine.

The video, which looks like it was shot on a helmet camera, shows a US Coast Guard boat trying to get close to the submarine as its top was breaching through the water's surface.

Because the conditions were too rough, an officer decided the only way the sub was going to stop was to hop on it. Then in true Hollywood fashion, he leapt onto the moving submersible and banged on the hatch.

After a few seconds, the hatch door opened and the people inside copped an absolute mouthful from the Coast Guard officer.

Featured Image Credit: ACT Police

Topics: News, Drugs, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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