As police boarded the boat, a hearth broke out within the engine room. It was extinguished earlier than officers discovered what they allege was greater than a tonne of medicine that have been sitting contained in the boat.
There was no try made to hide the cocaine, which police will allege weighed multiple tonne.
“It was fairly brazen,” the supply stated.
The Coralynne has since been towed to Balmain the place police are persevering with testing.
Investigators imagine that the alleged cocaine, which is present process forensic evaluation to substantiate the outcomes of the presumptive testing, could also be a file bust in NSW.
Police have additionally raided addresses throughout Sydney in reference to the alleged cocaine bust, the Herald understands.
On board have been three crew members – Christopher Preca, 32, from the Blue Mountains, Jackson Gilles-Adams, 27, from Bowral, and Man Wah Chan, 41, a Chinese language nationwide.
“About 7.15pm on Sunday, the three males arrived at NSW Police Marine Space Command in Balmain the place they have been screened and COVID-tested by NSW Well being earlier than being topic to decontamination by NSW Hearth and Rescue Hazardous Materials Response Unit,” the Australian Federal Police stated in an announcement on Monday afternoon.
They have been then taken to the Surry Hills Police Centre, the place they have been interviewed by detectives from NSW Police and the federal police.
All three have been charged with importing a big business amount of a border-controlled drug and failing or refusing to reveal their identities.
They have been refused bail and appeared in Central Native Courtroom on Monday.
Justice of the Peace Alexander Mijovich formally refused bail for all three males, who’re to stay on remand till they seem once more in the identical courtroom in October.