Australian charged following $30 million drug bust

AP News
Posted: Nov 28, 2011 10:04 PM
Australian charged following $30 million drug bust

Australian police have arrested a Sydney man after finding 30 million Australian dollars ($30 million) worth of drugs in a shipment of raisins from Afghanistan.

Australian Federal Police said Tuesday they have charged the man with importing a commercial quantity of drugs. Officials did not release the man's name.

Police say they seized 476 pounds (216 kilograms) of heroin and pseudoephedrine hidden in boxes of raisins shipped from Afghanistan earlier this month. Pseudoephedrine is used to make methamphetamine.

The man charged in connection with the drug bust is expected to appear in court later Tuesday. He faces up to life in prison and a AU$825,000 fine if convicted.