Teenager charged with smuggling 26kg of methamphetamine worth $24m into Sydney

The teenager has been charged with allegedly trying to smuggle more than $24 million worth of methamphetamine into Australia, which is said to be enough for 260,000 street deals.

An 18-year-old American traveler was stopped by Australian Border Force officers at Sydney Airport on Wednesday after flying to Australia from the United States.

Police seized a total of 26kg of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of more than $24 million, after finding more than 20 plastic wrap packages in the men’s two suitcases.

Australian Federal Police officers were notified and visited the airport to investigate further.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of importation of a border controlled drug.

He was refused bail at Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court on Thursday and will next appear on July 24.

AFP Detective Superintendent Peter Fogarty said 26kg of methamphetamine could be distributed to around 260,000 individual street deals.

“Criminal gangs continue to seek to import these insidious substances and the negative impact illicit drugs have on the Australian community cannot be overstated,” Detective Superintendent Fogarty said.

“Our message remains clear – those who try to cause harm to Australians, we will find you and you will be brought to justice where you could face life in prison.”

ABF Travel East commander Rose Cracknell said the discovery showed how some individuals and syndicates were “taking shameless risks to try to circumvent our borders.”

“Our ABF officers at the airport are highly trained to observe the behavior of passengers, relying not only on intelligence but also on instinct to identify potential threats,” said Commander Cracknell.

“This is an important discovery of methamphetamine that will stop potential harm to tens of thousands of families.

“This should also serve as a warning to any other travelers who want to fight the gauntlet and try to bypass our border controls – we will stop you on the spot and you will be brought to justice.”

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