Two men charged over alleged importation of $900,000 of MDMA

Two men have been charged over their alleged roles in the importation of 6kg of MDMA, which was detected by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in mail packages from Europe.

In March, detectives from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command commenced an investigation into the importation of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) into Sydney, following a referral from the ABF.

ABF officers located a total of 6kg of MDMA inside two separate consignments of water filters from Switzerland on Tuesday 12 March 2019.

The consignments were x-rayed and inspected at the International Mail Gateway in Sydney, with presumptive testing returning positive results for MDMA.

The MDMA has an estimated potential street value of around $900,000.

Following inquiries, Eastern Suburbs detectives arrested a now 30-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman on Oxford Street, Paddington, about 2.40pm on Monday 1 April 2019.

The pair were taken to Waverley Police Station, where the man was charged with attempt to import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug, while the woman was released pending further inquiries.

The man, who is an Italian National, is next due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court today (Tuesday 14 May 2019).

As a result of further inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a home unit on Waverley Street, Bondi Junction, about 2pm on Thursday 4 April 2019.

During the search, police located and seized prohibited drugs, cash, electronic items, and documentation relevant to the investigation.

Despite extensive inquiries to locate the 24-year-old male resident, he could not be located, and an arrest warrant was applied for and granted the following day (Friday 5 April 2019).

About 11.30am yesterday (Monday 13 May 2019), the 24-year-old man was arrested at Surry Hills Police Station and charged with import commercial quantity of border-controlled drug.

He has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

Inquiries are continuing.

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