Media Release: 25kgs of MDMC seized, two men arrested

Release Date: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 12:02 PM

Two men have been arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly importing approximately 25 kilograms of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone (MDMC), an analogue amphetamine type substance, into Australia.

This arrest is part of a continual national crackdown on the importation of illicit drugs through the postal system. Last month, Australian law enforcement agencies completed a strategic blitz on drug importations via air cargo, arresting 20 people and seizing 18.1 kg of illicit drugs worth $8.2 million.

On Sunday (7 April 2013), Customs and Border Protection inspected a parcel which arrived via air freight into Sydney from China.

Examination by Customs and Border Protection officers revealed the consignment contained a substance, which tested positive for MDMC.

The AFP subsequently conducted a controlled operation at Shelly Beach on the NSW Central Coast.

A 23-year old Shelly Beach man and a 25-year-old Ourimbah man were arrested at that residence yesterday (9 April 2013) and were charged with:

  • Importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995
  • Attempt to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely 3,4-Methylenedioxymethcathinone, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Customs and Border Protection National Manager Cargo Operations Jagtej Singh applauded the officers involved in the joint operation.

”This operation and the subsequent arrests came from yet another successful detection by Customs and Border Protection officers,” Mr Singh said.

“After making the detection, we work closely with our law enforcement partner agencies, who undertook further investigations, which resulted in the arrest of two offenders.”

Acting Manager Crime Operations Response Jennifer Cullen said the AFP and its partner agencies will continue to combat the movement of illicit drugs into Australia.

“The AFP and its partner agencies remain committed to disrupting the activities of people attempting to import illicit drugs,” Acting Commander Cullen said.

“This operation is a great success for domestic law enforcement agencies who are banding together to stop illicit drugs such as these from hitting our streets.”

The men will face Wyong Local Court today (10 April 2013).

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

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