Cops nabbed $140 million worth of meth after the driver smashed into their cars outside the station.
If you ever feel like you’re having a rough Monday morning, spare a thought for this meth trafficker in Australia who got busted with $140 million (USD) of meth after he absolutely smashed his drug transport van into a parked police car.
It was 10:30 in the morning on Monday, July 22, when New South Wales police officers heard a loud crash outside their building. Upon investigation, the officers discovered two of their cars smashed and the perpetrator nowhere in sight.
“They checked the CCTV, they spoke to witnesses, and they identified a white Toyota Hiace van had collided with the vehicles at the front of the police station and taken off up Ethel Street, Eastwood,” said Detective Inspector Glyn Baker at a press conference.
At around 11:30 AM, a senior officer spotted the car and pulled it over.
“The inspector pulled the vehicle over, engaged the driver in conversation,” reported Det. Insp. Baker. “The vehicle was searched and remarkably inside that vehicle was 13 boxes, in each box contained 21 one kilogram bags of methamphetamine, commonly referred to as ice.”
In all, the authorities discovered about 273 kilograms (600 pounds) of meth, with an estimated street value of about $200 million AUD (or $140 million USD).
The driver, the vehicle, and the drugs were all taken down to the police station.
“The man was subsequently charged with supplied large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, not giving his particulars, and obviously traffic offenses in relation to crashing into the police vehicles at the front of Eastwood Police Station,” said Det. Insp. Baker.
Though they have their collar and seized the drugs, the case isn’t closed yet. Police are asking citizens for their help in tracking down exactly what the man had been doing with the drugs.
“Anyone who may have dash cam footage or any CCTV footage,” said Det. Insp. Baker. “What we’d like to account for is the time between 10:30am on Monday—yesterday—morning, through to about 11:30 when the inspector stopped the vehicle on Church Street.”
Despite the runaround the driver gave authorities, Det. Insp. Baker couldn’t help but sympathize with the man.
“This 26-year-old Berala man has certainly had a very, very bad day,” he said. “Crashing into police vehicles with that amount of drugs on board is somewhat unheard of and it is an exceptional set of circumstances.”