The Chronicle

Drug haul in digger


THREE men have been charged over an alleged plot to smuggle 295kg of methamphet­amine into Australia.

Australian Border Force officials intercepte­d the excavator in Sydney, which had arrived from Hong Kong, in late July, and allegedly found a crystal-like substance inside.

It was later determined to be methamphet­amine, more commonly known as “ice”.

The haul had an estimated street value of $184m and could have been sold to 2.9 million people, police said.

The trio faced Central Local Court on Wednesday and will return to court on November 3 and December 15. All face a maximum penalty of life.

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