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Van carrying $200m of drugs crashes into police cars

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Police have had a drug bust land on their doorstep after a van carrying nearly 300 kilograms of ice swerved into police cars parked outside a Sydney cop shop.

Police had one of their "easiest" drug busts when a van carrying more than $200 million worth of ice crashed into police cars parked outside a Sydney police station.

Detectives alleged a 26-year-old man was driving the van when it hit two police cars outside Eastwood police station about 10.30am on Monday.

Officers stopped the van in the nearby suburb of Ryde where a search uncovered 13 boxes with 273 kilograms of the drug ice, NSW Police said in a statement.

Police allegedly uncovered numerous boxes filled with drugs in the back of the van.
Police allegedly uncovered numerous boxes filled with drugs in the back of the van.
NSW Police

"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."

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

The drugs seized are believed to have an estimated street value of more than $200 million.
The drugs seized are believed to have an estimated street value of more than $200 million.

Investigators are now working to determine who else may be involved in the syndicate.

"With a haul of this size - this has now initiated quite a significant investigation," Det Chief Insp Baker said.

Police are still trying to determine what caused the man to swerve into the parked cars.

One of the police vehicles was written off while the other was slightly damaged.
One of the police vehicles was written off while the other was slightly damaged.
NSW Police

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

The man was charged with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving and not giving his particulars to police.

He was refused bail today and will appear at Burwood Local Court again in September.

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