A 56-year-old Canadian man is charged with attempting to smuggle into Australia 22 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $2.45 million, using forklift batteries.

Customs officers allegedly made the discovery on Dece. 22, after inspecting a container with a forklift inside that arrived at Sydney's Port Botany facility.

An X-ray of the forklift allegedly revealed "anomalies" within the battery unit, Australian Customs said.

A white powder which tested positive for cocaine was found inside the 24 battery cells, Customs said.

Police officers were called in to investigate, and the man was located at a Bankstown hotel.

The stash was destined for an address in Moorebank, New South Wales.

"The drugs seized as a result of this operation have an approximate street value of more than $2.45 million," AFP National Border Manager Tim Morris said.

The suspect faced Parramatta Local Court Friday and was charged with importing and attempting to possess drugs.

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