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Five people have been placed under arrested after police smashed what they claim was a Sydney-based heroin drug syndicate.

Officers seized about 20 kilograms of heroin after intercepting a shipping container arriving from Thailand, police said today.

Customs officers found the heroin wrapped in newspaper inside sports bags that had been packed into two boxes, police said.

“If you even think you can smuggle this sort of contraband into the country, watch out – get a grip we will find you, smash your operation, and put you before the courts,” NSW Police Central Metropolitan Region Commander Mark Murdoch said in a statement.

Police searched properties at Mount Annan, Narellan Vale, Casula, Belfield, Punchbowl and Wiley Park yesterday, and said they also found prohibited firearms, drugs, ammunition and cash.

They arrested three men, a 49-year-old man from Belfield and two men aged 52 and 55 from Mount Annan, who were charged with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, heroin.
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The Mount Annan men were also charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.

Two men, aged 64 and 66 from Narellan Vale, were arrested and charged with attempting to traffic a commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

NSW Police and the NSW Crime Commission were working with the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

“This is further evidence that the key to tackling organised crime and protecting our borders is through co-operation and the sharing of intelligence,” Customs and Border Protection National Director of Compliance and Enforcement Roxanne Kelley said.

A press conference will be held today.

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