Police have uncovered a monster 295kg stash of the drug ice which was sent to Sydney hidden inside a digger imported from Hong Kong. A joint investigation between the federal police and border force allegedly discovered the methamphetamine – worth $184 million – in an excavator. On Wednesday, Raymond Saab, 25, of Merrylands was charged with importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border-controlled drug. Antonio De Luca, 26, of Prospect, and Afif Saliba, 30, of Rydalmere were both charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border-controlled drug. Police launched an investigation in July following the arrival at Port Botany of the construction equipment and subsequent detection of the illicit cargo. The drugs in the digger (pictured) were concealed in layers of concrete, steel and lead – but were spotted following an investigation between the Australian Federal Police and border force In a statement, police confirmed the drugs were concealed in layers of concrete, steel and lead. Officers removed the drugs and sent the excavator on to its intended destination, a business in Penrith in early August. It was then allegedly moved a fortnight later to a premises in Arndell Park and examined by the three men who 'spent several days' attempting to access the concealed cargo. The trio were watched by police as they then purchased tools from a hardware store to cut into the equipment, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Police carried out raids at homes in Merrylands, Prospect and Rydalmere in Sydney's west on Tuesday, seizing $300,000 in cash and a number of encrypted communication devices. If not intercepted by police, the meth could have been sold in 2.9 million individual street deals. 'Had this drug seizure made its way to Australian streets, countless lives would have been affected,' AFP Acting Commander Matthew Ciantar said. 'Methylamphetamine causes extensive harm to users and the wider community – including health care workers and the families that are torn apart.' Mr Saab, Mr De Luca and Mr Saliba faced Central Local Court on Wednesday and are listed to return next month and in December. Police have uncovered a monster 295kg stash of the drug ice (pictured) which was imported into Sydney hidden inside a digger sent from Hong Kong Three men were arrested in Sydney's west on Wednesday and have faced Central Local Court on a raft of serious charges