Man charged for importing ‘Ice’ making chemical hidden inside Indian sweets boxes

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes
Photo- ABF

By SAT News Desk

NSW, 30 Aug: A man is facing charges after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered 25 kilograms of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine concealed in several boxes of confectionary (Indian Sweets).

With the festival season in the offing packed Indian sweets imported from India are in great demand in Indian/South Asian outlets and the ABF photo shows a sweets box used in the alleged crime.

On 22 August 2019, ABF officers targeted an air cargo consignment from India. Upon examination, an x-ray identified anomalies in the consignment, and an ABF detector dog gave a positive reaction to the consignment.

Upon further deconstruction, 26 of the boxes were found to contain a crystalline substance concealed within a foil bag. Testing returned a presumptive positive result for pseudoephedrine.

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes

Pseudoephedrine is commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, or “ice”.

ABF Regional Investigations NSW A/g Superintendent John Fleming said the operation had prevented thousands of hits of “ice” from potentially reaching Australian communities.

“Our officers at the border have the skills and technologies to find concealments of illicit substances like these, however sophisticated criminal syndicates might think they are,” A/g Superintendent Fleming said.

“Methamphetamine is such a destructive drug and perpetuates misery in some of our most vulnerable communities. This operation shows whether you import the drug or the precursors to make the drug, we have you in our sights.”

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes

The man was arrested and charged with of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, contrary to Criminal Code Act 1995, Section 307.11(1), which carries a maximum penalty for an individual of 25 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding $900,000.

He appeared at Burwood Local Court on 29 August and was refused bail. He will appear in the same court on 23 October 2019.

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