POLICE | Four men charged over importing $2m of cocaine from Peru

Four men are due to face court today charged over their alleged roles in importing more than 5 kilos of cocaine from Peru. Three of them are from BossleyParkGreen Valley and Wetherill Park.

On December 3, a consignment containing wooden ornaments arrived in Sydney from Peru. The consignment was X-rayed by Australian Border Force in Sydney and officers noted anomalies in the packed crates.

The shipment was deconstructed and presumptive testing returned positive results for cocaine with a total weight of 5.3 kilos.

Border Force officers referred the matter to NSW Police and the cocaine, whose estimated potential street value was $2 million, was seized for forensic analysis.

The State Crime Command’s Drug & Firearms detectives and Blacktown police established Strike Force Moolana to investigate.

After extensive inquiries, strike-force detectives arrested a man, 58, at a licensed club at Bossley Park about 1pm yesterday, January 8.

The man and his car were searched, with a small amount of cocaine seized, before he was taken to Fairfield police station.

Shortly after the arrest, strike-force detectives, helped by the Public Order & Riot Squad, searched homes at Bossley Park, BlighPark, Green Valley and Wetherill Park.

During the searches, police seized more than $115,000 cash, cocaine, a brown substance believed to have been used in drug extraction, a firearm barrel, computers, electronic-storage devices, phones and documents.

Three further men – 44, 52, and 70 – were arrested during the operation and taken to local police stations.

The Bossley Park man, 58, was charged with running a criminal group, large commercial drug supply, having a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

The Wetherill Park man, 44,was charged with large commercial drug supply and being in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity.

The Bligh Park man, 62, was charged with being part of a large commercial drug supply and being in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity.

The Green Valley man, 70, was charged with being part of a large commercial drug supply and being in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity.

All men were refused bail to be in their local court later today, Wednesday.

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