A convicted murderer, a parolee supervisor and an Uber driver have been charged over an alleged plot to import $250million worth of drugs.
The trio are due to face court in Sydney on Wednesday after 313 kilograms of ice and 300 kilograms of cocaine intended for Australia were intercepted in South America.
Scott Alan May, 37, Trevor Alfred Derley, 64, and Robert Albert Piras, 60, were arrested on Tuesday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
May, the alleged head of the syndicate, was previously convicted for murdering a heroin dealer in 2003, and acquitted of another murder in 2008.
Mr Derley is a 'work release supervisor' for convicts on parole, and Mr Piras is employed as an Uber driver.
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Three men have been charged in Sydney after 313 kilograms of methylamphetamine (pictured) intended for Australia was intercepted in Panama
A convicted murderer, a parolee supervisor and an Uber driver have been charged over an alleged plot to import $250million worth of drugs (pictured is one of the men)
Scott Alan May, 37, Trevor Alfred Derley, 64, and Robert Albert Piras, 60, were arrested on Tuesday (pictured is one of the men)
Their arrests come after an international operation was launched last year to investigate the activities of a Sydney-based, transnational, organised crime syndicate.
The ice was seized in Panama on October 26 - the country's largest ever seizure of methamphetamine.
Further investigation uncovered a separate plan to import cocaine from Colombia to Australia.
Pictures released by the police show the haul of drugs seized as part of the operation.
In other images men are seen being bundled into the back of a police van, while police dressed in riot gear hold dogs.
A video shows the alleged smugglers sitting handcuffed on the ground.
Two men, aged in their 60s, were arrested at a warehouse in Alexandria
The drugs were seized on October 26 in a joint police operation that also uncovered a separate plan to import cocaine from South America to Australia