Men Arrested In Huge Australia Drug Bust Have Fiji Ties

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$1.3 billion ecstasy, meth seizure largest in Australian history

By Timoci Vula

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, December 04, 2014) - Three men with Fijian connection were allegedly caught red-handed by Australian police last Saturday with about three tonnes of illicit drugs.

The Daily Telegraph reported Akuila Bisasa, Solomone Komai Vukici and Jason Drollet, all aged 34, were charged with trying to import 1917 kg of ecstasy (MDMA) and 849kg of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of AUD1.5 billion [US$1.3 billion].

It reported the trio were part of six men arrested at a Smithfield factory unit at 3.30 a.m. on the day by Federal and New South Wales police, in what was said to be the largest methamphetamine seizure in Australia's history.

The drugs, it was reported, was discovered hidden inside a mixed container load of furniture and unmarked boxes after being imported to Australia from Germany on November 19.

It reported police had conducted a "controlled delivery" of the drugs to an address in Blacktown before following the load to Smithfield.

It further reported court papers stated police had switched the drugs in the 2.87 tonne container in the days before the delivery with "inert packaging."

It added the men were arrested as they "sorted" the shipping container.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told the media agency the seizure had stopped 10 million pills from hitting the streets.

Mr Bisasa, Mr Vukici and Mr Drollet did not apply for bail in Paramatta Bail Court when they appeared last Sunday.

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