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Two men jailed over Sydney barbecue drug bust


The pair were sentenced to a cumulative 14 years in jail after 645kg of methamphetamine was found concealed in steel barbecues.

The barbecues had been imported in a shipping container from Cyprus in July 2019, with the drugs concealed in false base plates.

Some of the methamphetamine found in barbecues.
Some of the methamphetamine found in barbecues. (Australian Federal Police)

The operation was conducted by the Australian Federal Police in conjunction with Border Force, the Cyprus Drug Law Enforcement Unit and the United Kingdom National Crime Agency.

“The seizure of these drugs is an excellent demonstration of the collaborative work done by the AFP and other law enforcement agencies to disrupt organised criminals and stop the importation of illicit drugs,” AFP Detective Sergeant Dale Widders said.

“As a result of this job we’ve been able to keep 2.2 million individual street deals from reaching our community and $61 million out of the pockets of criminals.”

Police found more than half a tonne of drugs in these barbecues.
Police found more than half a tonne of drugs in these barbecues. (AFP)

The drug bust came after a tip-off from Cyprus drug police.

Police arrested two men in Sydney in December 2019 and they were charged with Commonwealth drug offences.

A 36-year-old man from the Queensland town of Coomera was sentenced to 10 years jail with a non-parole period of six years yesterday. 

A Canadian man, 32, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years and seven months.

Police found 645kg of ice in the barbecues.
Police found 645kg of ice in the barbecues. (Australian Federal Police)

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