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Two friends accused of helping to import nearly $3million of meth from America to Australia

Two glamorous friends are accused of helping import nearly $3million of meth in food packages from America to Australia

  • Israh Chahine and Alexandra Karanfilovska allegedly helped import meth 
  • The delivery appeared to contain food ration packages from America, police said
  • The 5.7kilograms of meth has an estimated street value of $2.7million 

Almost $3 million in drugs hidden in food rations was allegedly imported into Australia from America with the help of two glamorous friends who stood to earn as little as $1,000.

Israh Chahine and Alexandra Karanfilovska, both 23, were caught by police allegedly speaking about the illegal shipment on the phone.

The delivery, which appeared to contain food ration packages from the United States, was intercepted by the Australian Border Force on Wednesday, May 6, the St George Shire Standard reported.

Further inspection of the consignment allegedly revealed 5.7kilograms of methamphetamine, which police claim has an estimated street value of $2.7million.

The pair were charged with importing commercial quantity of border controlled drug and participating in a criminal group after police raided their Arncliffe homes, in Sydney’s south, on Wednesday May 13.

Alexandra Karanfilovska (pictured) and Israh Chahine allegedly helped import almost $3million worth of meth in food packages from America to Australia

Alexandra Karanfilovska (pictured) and Israh Chahine allegedly helped import almost $3million worth of meth in food packages from America to Australia

Israh Chahine (pictured) and Alexandra Karanfilovska charged with importing commercial quantity of border controlled drug and participating in a criminal group after police raided their Arncliffe homes, in Sydney's south, on Wednesday May 13

Israh Chahine (pictured) and Alexandra Karanfilovska charged with importing commercial quantity of border controlled drug and participating in a criminal group after police raided their Arncliffe homes, in Sydney’s south, on Wednesday May 13

Police will allege the package was addressed to Chahine but was sent to Karanfilovska’s address.

‘It suggests a high degree of planning beyond being the consignee and taking possession, then passing it on,’ Prosecutor Chelsea Brain told Magistrate Alexander Mijovich.

Chahine and Karanfilovska were allegedly caught discussing how much money they would make over the phone after the package was delivered to the pair’s co-accused Adam Ayshan and Mohamad Hawchar.

‘After Chahine has taken the package to Ayshan, she contacts Karanfilovska and says ‘are you happy with $1,000?’,’ Ms Brain told the court.

‘Karanfilovska asks how much Chahine received, she says $2,000, and that she doesn’t want to do it again for $1,000.’

Ahmad Dib, the solicitor for the two women, claimed they were not aware the package contained drugs.

Ayshan and Hawchar were arrested at a Roselands unit on Wednesday and face the same charges.

Inspection of the consignment allegedly revealed 5.7kilograms of methamphetamine, which police claim has an estimated street value of $2.7million

Inspection of the consignment allegedly revealed 5.7kilograms of methamphetamine, which police claim has an estimated street value of $2.7million

Australian Border Force intercepted the delivery, which appeared to contain food ration packages from the U.S., on Wednesday May 6

Australian Border Force intercepted the delivery, which appeared to contain food ration packages from the U.S., on Wednesday May 6

Ayshan did not apply for bail while Hawchar requested bail at Parramatta Local Court but it was refused.

They will face Central Local Court on July 9.

Chahine was granted bail after her family offered their $850,000 family home as security. Karanfilovska was also bailed after three people contributed $19,000.

They are only allowed to leave their homes with an approved chaperone.

Their matter will return in Downing Centre Local Court on July 14.

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