Two Glamorous Best Friends Accused Of Smuggling $3m Worth Of Drugs Into Australia Burst Into Tears As They Appeared Handcuffed In Court

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Best friends who allegedly smuggled $3million worth of ice into Australia burst into tears as they appeared handcuffed in court.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Israh Chahine and Alexandra Karanfilovska, both 23, appeared at Central Local Court on Tuesday charged with importing commercial quantities of the drug.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The Australian Border Force tracked the pair's phones and intercepted the bust on May 6.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Police raided their Arncliffe homes, in Sydney's south, on May 13 and allegedly found food ration packages from the United States.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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

Police allege the package was addressed to Chahine but was sent to Karanfilovska's address.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'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, St George Shire Standard reported.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'The role of (Chahine) goes beyond being a courier.'

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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

'After Chahine has taken the package to Ayshan, she contacts Karanfilovska and says "are you happy with $1,000?",' Ms Brain told the court.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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

Their lawyer Ahmad Dib told the court that his clients were unaware of the drugs in the alleged packages.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Magistrate Mijovich accepted Ms Brian's explanation that police had a 'strong case' against the girls.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Chahine and Karanfilovska remain under house arrest and are only allowed to leave with an approved chaperone.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

They are also not allowed to communicate with one another under their bail conditions.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The matter is due to return to court on July 28.



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