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2 men from Hong Kong , Malaysia charged with smuggling $50 million in ice from China to Sydney

Two men from Malaysia and Hong Kong have been charged with smuggling more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, worth 65 million Australian dollars ($50 million) into Sydney in a shipping container from China, authorities said on Thursday.

The men, whose names have not been released, were to appear in a Sydney court Thursday on various drug charges, Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said in a joint statement. They face potential life prison sentences if convicted.

Customs officers used X-ray equipment to examine a container declared to hold "kids toys" on the Sydney waterfront on Feb. 8, the statement said.

They found the ice in the container concealed under a false floor.

Police delivered the container Wednesday to an address in the south-west Sydney suburb of Prestons. A 30-year-old Hong Kong man and a 37-year-old Malaysian national were later arrested in a nearby car park, the statement said.

Police have not ruled out further arrests.