Australians find drugs worth $246M in steamroller

November 21, 2012 - 12:34 AM
Australia Steamroller Drugs

This photo released by the Australian Federal Police shows a steamroller which was used to hide drugs by two men in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Australian Federal Police said Wednesday that they arrested a Canadian man and a U.S. man after officers had seized 350kg (770 pound) of cocaine and methamphetamine hidden inside the steamroller shipped from China. (AP Photo/Australia Federal Police)

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police seized 237 million Australian dollars ($246 million) worth of cocaine and methamphetamine found inside a steamroller shipped from China.

Australian Federal Police said Wednesday that they arrested a Canadian man and a U.S. man in Sydney after finding 350 kilograms (770 pounds) of cocaine and meth. The men were charged with importing drugs and face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

It was the police agency's second major drug bust in a week. On Friday, police said officials had tracked down a boat carrying 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine to Australia after it ran aground in the small island nation of Tonga. A corpse was found on board. Officials are trying to determine the cause of death.