Ice haul accused appear in SA court

Law enforcement have seized the largest haul of ice destined for South n streets.Three men charged over the seizure of more than 300 kilograms of the drug ice – the largest haul destined for South – have faced court.

Reginald Roberts, 64, and Steven Sherriff, 61, faced Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday charged with importing a commercial quantity of a controlled drug and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

Neither man applied for bail.

A third man, 45-year-old Bill Mayne, was charged with attempted possession of a controlled drug and released on bail without opposition from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

The trio were arrested together on Friday at Waterloo Corner in Adelaide’s north.

Police say the 313kg haul, the largest destined for the state, was intercepted in crane jibs being imported by cargo ship on January 24.

The ice, which had an estimated street value of $270 million, was found in 313 bags concealed in the base of one of the jib arms.

The seizure would cause significant disruptions to the supply of drugs in the state, SA Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Duval said.

“It is about disrupting the supply of drugs and the supply here has been disrupted in a major way. These are drugs which will not hit the streets anymore,” Mr Duval said.

“This seizure should serve as a warning to those who are involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of methamphetamine.”

The plan was uncovered by a joint operation involving eight law enforcement and government agencies, including n Federal Police and South Police.

All three men will reappear in court on April 24.

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