MELBOURNE: Five Malaysians charged over a multi-million dollar drug ring, had plans to import hundreds of kilogrammes of the party drug, ‘ice’, into Australia before police crippled the operation, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reports.
The police have seized two kilogrammes of the drug, also known as methamphetamine, and a similar amount of heroin worth about A$4 million in street value.
One of the five, Yong Hong Tan, 28, appeared in Central Local Court. His ex-wife was among those present in the gallery. He smiled at her often as he sat in the dock and said something to her in Cantonese as he exited the court room.
Court documents showed his place of residence to be the Holiday Inn at Haymarket, in inner-Sydney.
Yong did not apply for bail and was formally refused bail to appear in the same court on Oct 6.
His alleged accomplice and ringleader, Lim Cheng Choy, 48, appeared at Waverley Local Court in Sydney and was also remanded into custody. He will appear in the same court on Oct 18.
Chow Cheung Wing, 39, appeared in Sutherland Local Court in Sydney and did not apply for bail before being ordered to appear in Central Local Court on Oct 6. Wong Fook Chon, 38, who appeared in the Liverpool Local Court, did not apply for bail and will appear in the same court on Oct 5.
A fifth man was arrested by the Australian Federal Police in Victoria. — Bernama