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Half-baked Vancouver-Sydney drug smuggle ends in arrests

Jan 22 2012
The contraband was secreted in the riser frame the oven sits on, according to CBSA Officer Renee Ribout. 

The contraband was secreted in the riser frame the oven sits on, according to CBSA Officer Renee Ribout.

Photograph by: Handout, CBSA

Five Australian men have been arrested after trying to smuggle $8 million worth of drugs Down Under from Vancouver International Airport.

On Dec. 30, 2011, Canadian border officers found the drugs - six kilograms of cocaine, 12 kg of MDMA (ecstasy) and nearly two kilograms of meth – after they examined a commercial oven and range destined for Australia Service Agency.

The shipment was tracked to Sydney airport on Jan. 7, and on Thursday to locations in two suburbs north of Sydney, where eight search warrants were issued and the five men arrested.

The Australian Federal Police also seized small stashes of drugs, $17,900 in cash and a large number of weapons including throwing knives and a Taser.

The men – who range in age from 24 years old to 54 – were scheduled to appear in Sydney-area courts yesterday for charges of importing, attempting to possess and supplying a border-controlled drug.

Each face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or a $825,000 fine.

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