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Pair charged over Australia's largest drug bust worth $540 million

  1. chillinwill
    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.

    Angus Hohenboken
    January 27, 2010
    The Australian


  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Men charged over ecstasy haul

    Two men already jailed over a liquid ecstasy haul worth $51,000,000 have been charged over a second drug stash worth more than ten times that amount.

    The January 2007 haul of almost 2,000 litres of the drug capable of producing 18,000,000 ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value, of about $540,000,000 was the biggest in Australia's history.

    45-year-old Patrick Pak Lamb Li from Padstow in Sydney's south-west, and 30-year-old Singaporean national Keng Chuan Koh were arrested in December 2006 after police stopped to help with their broken down hire van.

    Inside the van they found 340 litres of liquid ecstasy.

    LI is currently serving a minimum jail sentence of four and a half years, while Koh is serving four years over the first drug bust.

    After being transported to Sydney from Victoria, where they're serving their sentences, LI and KOH were charged over the 2007 haul.

    Neither man applied for bail and the cases have adjourned until March 25 in Parramatta Local Court.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 ยป 07:37pm


    COMMENT:There is some news video footage embedded in the story linked above- don't have the time to try and capture it and upload it to the archive.
  2. SullyGuy
    Has ANYONE heard of MDP2P ever being called "Liquid Ecstasy"? (GHB goes by that name?)

    Australia, you so crazy :laugh:
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