American man arrested for 250 kg of methamphetamine

The American man has been charged after allegedly attempting to obtain more than $7 million worth of methamphetamine from an American organization.

Meth, cars, weapons and money seized in major police operation west of Gympie.

According to police, the 40-year-old is said to have agreed to purchase more than $7 million worth of methamphetamine from an American organization.

AFP officers arrested the man at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to take possession of the drugs. A separate search of an address in Silverwater also yielded “a number” of items that will be examined further.

Three other men were initially arrested Photo: AFP/NewsWire

The man is now charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of an illegally imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Three other men, initially suspected of collecting the drugs for buyers in Australia, were arrested at the same time, but have been released without charge pending further enquiries.

Wednesday’s arrest is part of a larger investigation by the AFP and Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles into a US criminal organisation they say is helping to import drugs through border controls in Sydney.

Police also executed a search warrant at an address in Silverwater following the arrest. Photo: AFP/NewsWire

Methamphetamine is the second most commonly used illicit drug in Australia and was responsible for an average of 27 hospital admissions daily in 2021-2022, according to Peter Fogarty, Acting Commander of AFP’s Eastern Command.

“Drug syndicates harm every community in which they operate, and this outcome is another example of the powerful results that can be achieved through joint international efforts,” he said.

“The AFP is unwavering in its commitment to protecting the way of life for all Australians. We are committed to tackling and combating serious organised crime groups that seek to profit from the harm they cause in our communities.”

Eddy Wang, Special Agent with HSI Los Angeles, thanked Australian law enforcement for their cooperation.

“Los Angeles remains a central distribution hub for drug trafficking to Oceania. To be truly effective in disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organisations, robust partnerships such as the one we have forged with the Australian Federal Police are needed,” he said.