TWO men have been charged over Australia's largest drug bust three years after a police raid uncovered enough chemicals to make $540 million worth of ecstasy.
A 45-year-old man from Padstow, in southwestern Sydney, and a 30-year-old man from Singapore face a number of charges, including possession of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, over the seizure of 1900 litres of liquid ecstasy in a Sydney factory.
The charges relate to the seizure of 1,900 litres of the chemical methylenedioxyphenyl-2propanone (MDP2P), otherwise known as liquid ecstasy, from an industrial complex on Victoria Street at Castle Hill in January 2007 during a joint NSW Police and Victoria Police operation.
The men were transported to Sydney from Victoria today before being charged at Parramatta Police Station by detectives from the Asian Crime Squad. Neither of the men fronted the Parramatta Local Court, when their matters were mentioned this afternoon.
Bail was not sought and their cases were adjourned until March 25.
Both men face charges of supplying large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, possessing a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, participating in a criminal activity and making false statements.
The chemicals were estimated to have the potential to make about two tonnes of ecstasy (MDMA), with an estimated street value of about $540 million.
January 27, 2010
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