A 25-year-old Chinese man has been arrested at Sydney Airport for importing pseudoephedrine into Australia concealed inside food packets in his luggage.
He is scheduled to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.
Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the man for questioning when he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Malaysia yesterday.
During a baggage examination, officers conducted tests on his personal luggage which reacted positive for an illicit substance.
The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police, and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, namely pseudoephedrine, contrary to section 307.11 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
June 13, 2010
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