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Police in Sydney Seize $41 Million of Ingredient Used to Make Crystal Meth

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    Police in Sydney seized 174 kilograms (384 pounds) of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illicit drug crystal methamphetamine, smuggled among boxes of coffee in a sea container from Vietnam.

    A 25-year-old man and a 44-year-old man are scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing and attempting to possess the drugs, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement on its website today.

    The prohibited goods, which entered Port Botany on Aug. 9, have an estimated street value of A$46 million ($41 million), customs officials said. The pseudoephedrine was capable of producing more than 130 kilograms of crystal meth or “ice,” said Mick Kelsey, deputy manager of the Australian Federal Police’s Sydney office.

    The two men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor. The maximum penalty for the importation offences is 25 years imprisonment and/or a A$550,000 fine.



    By Jason Gale
    Aug 17, 2010
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...-of-ingredient-used-to-make-crystal-meth.html

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  1. Balzafire
    POLICE say a 174kg haul of chemicals used to make street drug ice is one of the biggest hauls of in Australian history. [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16289&stc=1&d=1282110868[/imgl]

    The Sydney bust of a container carrying coffee and noodles from Vietnam is expected to have a “significant impact” on the national drug trade, with police estimating the street value of the hidden consignment at about $46 million.

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested two men from Sydney’s western suburbs overnight, including a 25-year-old Chipping Norton man and a 44-year-old Bonnyrigg man.

    Police estimate the haul could have produced 130kg of methamphetamine, or ice.

    Customs officials, acting on intelligence from Australian Crime Commission officers, allegedly found the drugs hidden in cargo containers on the Botany Bay docks.

    The sea container from Vietnam was allegedly labeled as carrying instant noodles, washing liquid and 86 boxes of coffee.

    But instead tests found the coffee allegedly contained pseudoephedrine. Authorities then switched the contents before tracking the delivery.

    The men have been described by the AFP as “significant targets'' and what they said was a highly organised international criminal syndicate.

    They were arrested at a property at Heckenberg in Sydney’s southwest.

    A search of the property there and elsewhere found more chemicals, and police expect to make more arrests.

    AFP superintendent Mick Kelsey said the manufacture of ice in clandestine laboratories had been on the rise in Australia in the past few years and posed an increasing threat to communities.

    “Makeshift laboratories, such as where this pseudoephedrine was headed, pose a real threat to the community and to the people living in the community, not to mention the people that are actually attempting to manufacture the narcotics,'' Superintendent Kelsey said.

    The two men are due to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing and attempting to possess drugs.

    The maximum penalty for the importation offences is 25 years prison and a $550,000 fine.

    Matthew Schulz
    August 18, 2010
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/na...hidden-in-coffee/story-e6frf7l6-1225906821365
  2. buseman
    Two men charged with importing over $46m of pseudoephedrine

    An operation involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Customs and Border Protection (ACBP) and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has resulted in the seizure of 174 kilograms of pseudoephedrine with an estimated street value of $46 million and led to the arrest of two people.

    A 25-year-old Chipping Norton man and a 44-year-old Bonnyrigg man are scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing and attempting to possess the drugs.

    Information from Customs and Border Protection and ACC led to a container at Port Botany being targeted on Monday, 9 August.

    The sea container from Vietnam was reported to hold a large quantity of instant noodles, washing liquid and 86 boxes of coffee.

    Tests undertaken by Customs and Border Protection officers suggested the coffee contained pseudoephedrine - a prohibited substance.

    The AFP was alerted, seized the pseudoephedrine and commenced a controlled delivery operation.

    On Monday, 16 August, the container was transported from Port Botany to an address in Revesby.

    The next afternoon the container was moved to a premises in Chipping Norton where it will be alleged the two men unpacked a number of boxes from the container.

    A portion of these boxes were then transported to an address in Heckenberg. The AFP arrested the two men after they left the residence.

    A search warrant on the property resulted in the seizure of boxes from the original consignment.

    AFP Sydney Office Deputy Manager Mick Kelsey said the pseudoephedrine was capable of producing more than 130 kilograms of ice.

    “This seizure of pseudoephedrine has ultimately prevented harmful and dangerous drugs from reaching the community,” he said.

    “It is also important to emphasise that the makeshift laboratories set up to process illegal narcotics from these types of chemicals can pose a very real danger to the community and a risk to the environment when the toxic waste material that is a by-product of this process is dumped.”

    Customs and Border Protection National Manager Sea Cargo and International Mail, Graham Krisohos, said this was a great example of three federal agencies working together to combat crime.

    “Customs and Border Protection is committed to working with partner agencies to stop the importation of precursor chemicals that are used in the production of illicit drugs, and pseudoephedrine is the main precursor chemical used in the production of methamphetamine,” he said.

    “Thanks to the combination of Customs and Border Protection targeting and search, AFP operations and ACC intelligence these drugs have been kept off the streets and away from our community.”

    ACC Office Manager Sydney, Warren Gray believes that this operation is a perfect example of law enforcement working in partnership.

    “This operation highlights the value of collaborative police work and intelligence led policing in order to combat the scourge of harmful drugs on the streets.”

    The two men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, contrary to section 307.11 of the Criminal Code 1995.

    http://anonym.to/?http://www.crimecommission.gov.au/media/acc_joint/2010/100818.htm
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