Man charged over alleged importation of MDMA by post

A man has been charged by NSW Police Force over the alleged importation of MDMA, which was detected by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in a parcel from Spain.

On Saturday 18 August 2019, the ABF Detector Dog Unit identified an air cargo consignment of interest at a customs controlled depot in Sydney.

Subsequently, ABF officers x-rayed and inspected the consignment, which was found to contain colourful plastic bracelets.

They also located 500 tablets inside the parcel, which were subject to further examination and a presumptive test returned positive results for 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA).

The matter was referred to New South Wales Police, and the St George Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation into the importation.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators, assisted by Central Metropolitan Region’s Operation Odin, executed a search warrant at an apartment on Brodie Spark Drive, Wolli Creek, just before midday yesterday (Wednesday 21 August 2019).

During the search, police seized a further 62g grams of MDMA, cocaine, cannabis, synthetic drugs, drug paraphernalia consistent with supply, cannabis cultivation equipment, postal packaging, a laptop, mobile phones, and documentation.

The total estimated potential street value of the illicit drugs is about $75,000.

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the location and taken to Kogarah Police Station.

He was charged with import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug, two counts of supply prohibited drug, and four counts of possess prohibited drug.

The man has been refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court today (Thursday 22 August 2019).

Investigations are continuing.

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