Man charged with importing nine kilograms of ephedrine

A 50-year-old Sydney man is scheduled to appear before Newtown Local Court today after Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators charged him with importing nine kilograms of ephedrine concealed in water filters.

On 12 January 2017, ABF officers targeted a parcel from a Hong Kong addressed to a residence in Pemulwuy, New South Wales.

The officers examined the parcel of water filters which was found to have concealments of powder. Initial testing of the substance was positive for ephedrine.

Following further investigation and warrant activity, the man was charged with intentionally importing commercial quantity border control precursor, contrary to Section 307.11 of the Criminal Code 1995. This carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and or a fine not exceeding $550,000 or both.

Acting ABF Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Clinton Sims, said this concealment was one of many ways criminals employ to attempt to smuggle drugs into Australia.

“Regardless of how creative criminals get, our officers are well trained to detect the different ways of concealing illicit drugs,” A/g Commander Sims said.

Ephedrine is used as a precursor agent in the manufacture of illegal amphetamine substances, such as ice.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244


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