Police said a drug bust in Sydney resulted in arrests across the country and seized more than $80 million in methamphetamine.
Two men, aged 36 and 41, were arrested Wednesday in the inner west suburb of Petersham.
Police later said they found 16 kilos of meth in a suitcase and on the men’s clothes.
The 36-year-old man was charged with importing commercial quantities of drugs controlled at the border and supplying more than large commercial quantities of prohibited drugs.
The 41-year-old man was charged with importing commercial quantities of drugs controlled at the border and supplying more than large commercial quantities of banned drugs, the two using offensive weapons to avoid legal detention and assaulted the police officer while performing his duty.
Both have been officially denied bail and will appear in Downing Center Local Court in mid-November.
After the men were taken to Burwood Police Station, officers raided homes in Tempe, Kingsgrove, Waterloo, St Peters and Petersham in Sydney’s south and inland west.
In Tempe, police claim to have found a secret drug lab, $1.5 million in cash, weapons, meth, and drug-making equipment.
Police also confiscated 100 liters of chemical GBL and encrypted communication devices.
A 37-year-old man was arrested on his Tempe property and charged with the owner or occupier of a drug building and two drug dealings.
He was formally denied bail to appear in Newtown Local Court next Thursday.
At the Petersham property, police said they found and seized nine pallets of industrial plastic rolls concealing 50kg of meth.
The arrests came after months of investigation by NSW Police, AFP and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
A search warrant was issued on properties in Brisbane and Perth shortly thereafter.
Searching two serviced flats in Innaloo and an industrial unit in Malaga, both in Perth, police allegedly found 7kg of ice, more than $250,000 in cash and small amounts of cocaine.
The two men, aged 32 and 34, were arrested in Malaga and have since each been charged with smuggling commercial quantities of methamphetamine and dealing with criminal proceeds.
Their bail request was denied and they will appear in Perth Magistrates’ Court this morning.