South Australian man arrested for attempted possession of MDMA

South Australian MDMA arrest

A 22-year-old Klemzig (South Australia) man has been charged with the attempted possession of more than half a kilogram of MDMA (ecstasy).

The joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), South Australia Police (SAPOL) and Australian Border Force (ABF) began on 26 March 2017 when ABF officers at the Melbourne International Mail Facility examined an international mail package from France.

The consignment was found to contain a crystalline substance weighing around 500 grams which initially tested positive for MDMA.

The matter was referred to the AFP and on 30 March 2017 officers conducted a controlled operation involving a delivery to the man’s residence in Klemzig.

Following the delivery, a search warrant took place during which AFP members located the consignment along with a number of hazardous chemicals (pictured) associated with drug production. Due to the nature of these chemicals SAPOL’s clan lab team attended and seized the hazardous chemicals.

Further drug-related items were located and seized including ketamine, border controlled drug pre-cursor chemicals, scales, packaging and electronic items.

The 22-year-old man was arrested by the AFP for the attempted possession of the border controlled drug MDMA and was conveyed to the AFP Adelaide Airport Station.

AFP Detective Superintendent Sandra Booth, Coordinator Operations and Intelligence, said working with our partners is essential to fighting drug crime.

“We know the fight against drug crime is not won by one agency alone,” Detective Superintendent Booth said.

“Drug seizures such as this demonstrate the flexibility of our investigators, and the strength of the partnerships we have both here and overseas.”

South Australia Police Detective Chief Inspector Tony Crameri, Investigations Manager, Drug and Organised Crime Task Force said, "SAPOL will continue to partner with other agencies in the fight against illicit drugs". 

ABF Regional Commander Central Region, Rachel Houghton, said the ability of the ABF and partners to detect and disrupt criminal activity has never been stronger.

“Our sophisticated intelligence and targeting capability aims to to identify these substances at the border before they reach our communities,” Commander Houghton said.

“The South Australian community can rest assured that we, along with our partners, will continue to evolve and find new ways to disrupt this dangerous trade and target those people who attempt to profit from it.”

The alleged offender received police bail and is due to appear before the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 19 May 2017.

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