Australian police seize massive drugs

19:51, August 18, 2010      

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Australian Federal Police (AFP) revealed on Wednesday one of the largest seizures in their history as two men faced a Sydney court over the importation of 46 million Australian dollars (41 million U.S. dollars) worth of pseudoephedrine.

The men, 25-year-old Peter Thea and 44-year-old Van Ngo, were arrested on Tuesday night and charged with importing and attempting to possess 174 kilograms of pseudoephedrine, which is used to make the drug ice.

Police said the drugs were hidden in dozens of boxes of coffee, which arrived in Sydney in a shipping container from Vietnam on Aug. 9.

In a joint operation involving Customs, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission, the drugs were tracked as they were transported from Port Botany to Revesby, and later Chipping Norton in Sydney's west.

The deputy manager of the AFP in Sydney, Mick Kelsey, said the haul was significant.

"This is the largest seizure of pseudoephedrine by the AFP this year and it's one of the largest in our history," he said.

"So we would expect it will have a significant impact on the supply of those end-product narcotics on the street."



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