Police seize 1.2 tonnes of crystal MDMA in Sydney raid
Two Polish nationals have been charged after the Australian federal police seized more than 1.2 tonnes of crystal MDMA in Sydney’s north in what is the country’s biggest drug haul this year. The men, aged 28 and 29, allegedly imported the drugs into the country concealed within a cargo of aluminium sheets from the Czech Republic, the AFP deputy commissioner of operations, Justine Saunders, said on Saturday. The MDMA crystals were seized at a storage facility in Hornsby during a joint AFP and Australian Border Force operation and equate to more than 4.1m ecstasy tablets, she said.
Police have put the street value of the seizure at A£145 million (US£110 million). The Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald said: “The goods were declared as aluminium rolls and within the aluminium rolls there was a number of lead casings that concealed the actual narcotics themselves, so it’s a very sophisticated concealment.” The justice minister, Michael Keenan, said it was the largest drug haul in the country so far this year and the fourth-largest ecstasy seizure on record.
“The size of this seizure and the amount of harm it would have caused cannot be understated.”
He added that more arrests were expected.
The haul would have resulted in more than 4m individual hits of ecstasy, he told reporters in Perth on Saturday.
The duo face a maximum penalty of life in jail.