Man charged in $116M heroin bust in Australia

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Man charged in $116M heroin bust in Australia

A Sydney man has been busted in connection with a $116 million heroin bust in Australia — the country’s largest in nearly two decades, authorities said.

The arrest is the culmination of a months long investigation which began in December when Australian Border Force officers found about 750-pounds of heroin squirreled away inside industrial equipment imported from Malaysia, police said in a news release.

the arrest of a 29-year-old Sydney man
The arrest is the culmination of a months long investigation which began in December/
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The unnamed suspect, 29, is due in court Saturday after prosecutors alleged he intercepted the machinery and tried to remove the drugs from it.

Investigators removed the drugs and delivered the equipment to its intended address.

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The bust was the largest in nearly two decades in Australia.
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The man was charged with “attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border-controlled drugs,” and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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The unnamed suspect, 29, is due in court Saturday.
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