'Fluke' search at Paralowie finds 10,000 ecstasy pills
POLICE searching for "a couple of cannabis plants" have found 10,000 ecstasy pills in a Paralowie house in one of the largest seizures for several years.
Drug Investigation Branch detectives discovered the haul in plastic bags stored in one of the rooms, and arrested two men living at the house, aged 49 and 20, believed to be a father and son.
They are not linked to any outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Detective Inspector John De Candia said the pills were a "fluke" discovery.
"You never know what you're going to find when you start searching homes," Det-Supt De Candia said.
"When we stumble across this as we did yesterday, when we attended the premises looking for a couple of cannabis plants, when you do find 10,000 ecstasy tablets it's certainly a big surprise to us.
"Yeah, it's a fluke."
Det-Supt De Candia said the haul was the largest in several years.
"The last large seizure of ecstasy tablets was in about 2004 or 2005 with 17,000 ecstasy tablets," he said.
Det-Supt De Candia said the street value of each tablet was between $15 and $20, putting the haul's value at $150,000 to $200,000.
No pill presses were found at the house, nor were any of the tablets embossed with a brand or image, so Det-Supt De Candia said it would be difficult to link the pills to other seizures.
He said the tip off was believed to have come from BankSA Crime Stoppers.
The men have been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug and have been bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court in January.
AMY NOONAN. POLICE REPORTER
November 10, 2009 10:07am
COMMENT Is anyone familiar with the current status of law in these situations, in Australia or elsewhere? Turtles aardvark knows that many years ago, in the US, things outside the scope of a search warrant would be inadmissable in court. But he believes this has changed somewhat.