Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for his part in the importation of 1.2 tonnes of Ephedrine

A 23 year old man has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty for his part in importing 1.2 tonnes of Ephedrine.

A shipment declared as furniture was X-rayed by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at the Sydney Container Examination facility. During the X-ray, officers noted anomalies in the contents of the container.

A physical examination of the container revealed 127 boxes hidden behind a large amount of wooden furniture which included chairs, tables and couches. The boxes were found to contain a brown substance.

Presumptive testing of the substance gave a positive result for ephedrine, a precursor used in the manufacture of the drug methamphetamine or “ice”.

ABF officers conducted a managed delivery of the container and it was delivered to an address in Roselands NSW. 

The man was observed accessing the container and was arrested and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, namely ephedrine, contrary to subsection 307.11 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

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