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POLICE | Chilli sauce hot in more ways than one | VIDEO, GALLERY

A joint investigation, including at WetherillPark, has led to the arrest of four men for importing 400kg of methylamphetamine hidden in bottles of sriracha imported from the US. Last year, the State Crime Command's Organised Crime Squad and the NSW Crime Commission established Strike Force Diffey to investigate money-laundering and the importation and supply of drugs.

On October 15, Australian Border Force officers targeted an air cargo consignment declared to contain sriracha chilli sauce, recently arrived at a Sydney freight depot from the US. The consignment was examined by ABF officers who noted inconsistencies. During a subsequent deconstruction, it was found to contain 768 bottles of sriracha chilli sauce, with presumptive testing returning a positive indicator for methylamphetamine, or ice. Preliminary forensics determined the bottles contained about 400kg of ice, with an estimated street value of over $300m. Strike Force Diffey investigators, with help from Australian Federal Police and ABF, seized the consignment and ran a controlled delivery.

As part of inquiries, three men, 30, 34 and 36, were arrested across Sydney last week and all charged with trying to possess a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and large commercial drug supply. It's alleged the Plumpton man, 36, accessed the consignment at WetherillPark, before transporting it to a storage facility at Minchinbury. Following investigations, strike force detectives searched at Edensor Park about 7am on October 31. A fourth man, 45, was arrested outside the home and taken to Fairfield police station and charged with having identity information to commit an indictable offence. He was granted conditional bail to be in Fairfield court on November 28.

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