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.

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

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

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


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


Police 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, St George Shire Standard reported.

'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.


'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.


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

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

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

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

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

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