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AUSTRALIAN authorities have seized more than 200kg of heroin and pseudoephedrine hidden in boxes of raisins in a shipment from Afghanistan. The haul, with an estimated street value of AUD30 million (USD29.9 million), was hidden in the lining of 3 105 cartons of red raisins shipped via Iran and was only discovered after an x-ray examination revealed “inconsistencies in some of the cartons”. Police have now charged a 34-year-old man from Peakhurst in south-west Sydney with importing a commercial quantity of drugs, following raids across western Sydney. Australian Federal Police’s serious and organised crime manager, David Sharpe, was reported as saying it was the biggest drug seizure this year. “It’s certainly taken 216kg of illicit drugs off the streets, which in our view is significant,” he said. He added that the big haul revealed that drug importers had abandoned their recent ‘scatter gun’ approach to heroin smuggling in favour of larger imports.