$600k of cocaine found in children’s books

More than $600,000 worth of cocaine has been found hidden inside children’s books imported to Sydney from Portugal.

The books arrived in two shipments, on May 1 and May 4, police said. Australian Border Force officers X-rayed and inspected the shipments and found 1.72kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of up to $645,000.

A 31-year-old man was arrested in Vaucluse in Sydney’s east on Friday, prompting the search of a home where electronic items, documents and a small amount of cannabis was seized. The man will face the Central Local Court on Tuesday charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.