Police seize 42,000 ecstasy pills on eve of 'Schoolies'
WA POLICE are hunting an out-of-pocket drug dealer after intercepting 42,000 ecstasy tablets - worth about $1.6 million - on the eve of Schoolies celebration
The 14kg stash of potentially lethal green-coloured pills, embossed with Nike tick and Apple Mac logos, is among the biggest hauls of ecstasy ever uncovered in Perth.
The pills, in plastic clip seal bags, were found loaded into one of three suitcases on Tuesday, November 24.
Detectives today called on public help to identify a man, aged in his 40s, who was photographed by closed circuit surveillance at a ``destination point'' in WA.
For ``operational reasons'', police say they cannot disclose where the man was photographed or how they happened across the drugs.
Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver, head of the Organised Crime Squad, said the seizure had been a big win for police in removing thousands of ecstasy pills from WA streets and preventing potential harm to users.
``We strongly suspect that those tablets were destined for Schoolies Week,'' Det-Supt Carver said.
``You just don't know what's being put through them, what they're cut with. There's been instances where there has been glass, chalk and all sorts of other things, washing powder put in these tablets.
``They are made in laboratories that not safe.
``They are harmful, don't take them. You don't know what's in them and they can cause serious harm, if not, fatalities.''
An online website, where users rate the effects of ecstasy and illicit pills, has recommended similar tablets to other users.
Det Supt Carver said police believed the man had tried to disguise his identity by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
Nicole Cox, police reporter
December 03, 2009 11:30am