Two Malaysian men will remain in custody, over Australia’s largest heroin bust in 10 years.
Teik Chai Lee, 34, and Boon Piau Hong, 30, appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court, charged with importing 42 kilograms of the drug earlier this month.
The Australian Federal Police will allege the men hid the drugs in a furniture shipment.
Hong and Lee did not apply for bail and will return to court in July.watch Brimstone 2017 movie online now
They face potential life sentences in jail if convicted.
Earlier this month, customs seized the drug stash from a furniture shipment at Port Botany in Sydney’s south.
The furniture was imported from Malaysia.
Customs spokeswoman Catherine Asbridge says the drugs were worth nearly $US53 million.
“This is the largest seizure we’ve had for some time. Most of the seizures over the last decade have been smaller quantities. The last large seizure was actually in 2002 and that was 367kg,” Ms Asbridge said.
Heroin use has plummeted in Australia over the past decade, but the Australian Federal Police says the drug trade is booming because of the high value of the Australian dollar.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Commander Brian McDonald says cocaine is the biggest problem.
“We are working with our partners about some international organisations that are now targeting Australia that have not done so in the past,” he said.