Two More Men Charged Over $40 Million Ecstasy Seizure

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8 May 2008 

Two more men charged over $40 million ecstasy seizure

A 53-year-old Hong Kong resident and a 40-year-old Sydney man will face Sydney

Central Local Court today charged with conspiring to import 1.2 million ecstasy tablets

into Australia in 2006.

In 2006, a joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Customs operation resulted in the

arrest of five people following the discovery of approximately 350 kilograms of

methamphetamine (MDMA) tablets hidden in a shipping container of ink.

The seizure, which had an approximate street value of $40 million, was one of the

largest in Australian history.

The 53-year-old man, an Australian citizen who resides in Hong Kong, was arrested

when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Hong Kong yesterday.

The 40-year-old Sydney man was also arrested yesterday following the execution of

search warrants in Campsie. A search warrant was also executed in Strathfield,


During the search, the AFP seized cash and chemicals which are now the subject of

forensic testing. 

The container, which arrived from Canada via Hong Kong on 4 June 2006 was

selected by Customs officers for examination. Customs officers discovered the tablets

hidden in vacuum-sealed bags inside 67 containers of ink. 

Both men were arrested and charged yesterday by the AFP with conspiracy to import a

border controlled drug and aid and abet the possession of a border controlled drug

contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995.  

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Media inquiries

Customs Media (02) 6275 6793 

AFP Media (Canberra) (02) 6275 7100 

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