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.