NT Police say they have thwarted a significant drug operation after a man was observed allegedly attempting to bury $1.5 million worth of cocaine in a barrel in Darwin bushland.
Cocaine, cannabis and more than $250,000 in cash was seized during the operation
NT Police say they received a tip-off about a 41-year-old man from NSW Police in April
Two men have been charged with various drug offences and will face court in Darwin
In a joint operation between Northern Territory and New South Wales detectives, two men have been charged with a string of offences, and more than three kilograms worth of cocaine has been seized.
NT Police said it also recovered six kilograms of cannabis and more than $250,000 in cash.
According to a statement, detectives said they had been monitoring the movements of the 41-year-old man since receiving a tip-off from their NSW counterparts in April.
“On Wednesday, police watched as he buried an empty drum in bushland near the Esplanade in Darwin city,” police said in a statement.
“The 41-year-old returned to the location of the drum, where police allege he deposited the cocaine and $110,000.
“Detectives later retrieved the drum and subsequently arrested the man the following morning.”
Following the man’s arrest on Thursday, police said they raided a property in the rural Darwin suburb of Howard Springs, from where the cannabis and more cash was seized.
Another man, 42, was arrested at the…