Local charged over record drugs seizure



A 32-YEAR-OLD Northern Rivers man is one of two people charged over Australia's largest ever seizure of the party drug ecstasy.

The man, from New Italy, south of Woodburn, appeared yesterday in Sydney's Parramatta Local Court over the drugs seizure.

He, and a 54-year-old Sydney man, were remanded in custody to appear in Sydney Local Court today.

They are charged with conspiring to import prohibited imports and attempting to possess prohibited imports under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code.

Customs and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said they seized 820kg of ecstasy tablets and powder, worth about $200 million, at Sydney Airport on October 15.

The drugs were found in a bakery oven from Poland, which was sent from Germany to Sydney on a Malaysian Airlines flight.

A Customs X-ray revealed packages hidden in the wall and base cavities of the metal oven.

An inspection revealed 62 boxes containing about 115kg of MDMA powder and about three million tablets weighing 705kg.



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