News State NSW News Van with more than $200m worth of ice crashes into police car

Van with more than $200m worth of ice crashes into police car

A man allegedly crashed a van packed with 270kg of ice worth $200m into a parked police car.
Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email

A van packed with more drugs has crashed into several police cars parked outside a police station in Sydney’s northwest.

Police say 26-year-old Simon Tu was driving the Toyota HiAce on Ethel Street when it hit the police vehicles outside Eastwood Police Station about 10.30am on Monday.

The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $200 million, police said.

“This would be one of the easiest drug busts NSW Police have ever made,” Detective Chief Inspector Glyn Baker said

“This man has certainly had a very, very bad day. Crashing into a police vehicle with that amount of drugs on board is somewhat unheard of – it’s an exceptional set of circumstances.”

Officers pursued the van, stopping it in the nearby suburb of Ryde where a search uncovered several boxes containing 273 kilograms of the drug ice, NSW Police said on Tuesday.

Investigators were now working to determine who else might be involved in the syndicate.

“With a haul of this size – this has now initiated quite a significant investigation,” Chief Inspector Baker said.

One of the police vehicles – a Holden Commodore – was written off while the other was slightly damaged.

Mr Tu, from Berala, was charged with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving and not giving his particulars to police.

He was refused bail and will appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday.

Police also seized the van for extensive forensic examination.

Detectives have appealed for motorists to provide dash cam footage from the area between 10.30am and 11.30am, as well as any CCTV or other vision, or information about the van’s movements throughout the morning.

-with AAP