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In what has been labelled the easiest drug busts in history, the NSW police have scored a $200 million drug haul in comical circumstances.
It has been reported that just before 10.30am on Monday, 22nd July 2019, a van carrying 273 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – crashed into police cars parked outside Eastwood Police Station in Sydney’s north-west.
Officers inside the station are reported to have heard a loud bang before walking out to see significant damage to the front of a police vehicle, but no sign of an offender.
About an hour later, police observed a damaged Toyota HiAce travelling south on Church Street toward Ryde bridge.
They pulled over and searched the vehicle, allegedly locating 13 boxes each containing 21, one-kilogram bags of ice.
They arrested the driver, 26-year-old Simon Tu, and charged him with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving and failing to give particulars following a collision.
Mr Tu came before Burwood Local Court where he did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.
“It’s an exceptional set of circumstances that brings us here today,” Detective Inspector Glen Baker told the media.
“Crashing into a police vehicle with that amount of drugs on board is somewhat unheard of and is an exceptional set of circumstances.”
“With a haul of this size, this has now initiated quite a significant investigation.”
“This would be one of the easiest drugs busts that NSW Police has every made – incredible, absolutely incredible”.
Baker said it’s unclear what caused the driver to swerve into the police cars. The police investigation is now targeting a wider syndicate. Baker appealed for motorists who may have dashcam footage of the crash to contact police.