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More than 500kg of cocaine seized as international investigation targets drug syndicate – ABC News

Australian authorities make arrests across the country as PNG police seize cocaine worth an estimated $80 million following the crash of a drug smuggling plane this week.

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An organised crime syndicate attempted to smuggle more than 500 kilograms of cocaine into Australia, but the small plane loaded with the drugs crashed while trying to take off in Papua New Guinea.
Key points:

  • Police believe the drugs have a street value of $80 million
  • It’s possible the plane crashed because it was overloaded
  • Authorities were watching men involved as part of a long-term operation

The criminal gang was already being watched by police as part of…

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