ABF sheds light on ephedrine concealment

Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators have charged a 25-year-old Sydney man with importing 12kg of ephedrine concealed in light globes.

On 13 June 2016, ABF officers targeted a parcel from China addressed to a residence in Haymarket, New South Wales.

The officers examined the parcel of light globes which were found to have concealments of powder within each globe. Initial testing of the substance was positive for ephedrine.

Following further investigation and warrant activity, the man was charged with intentionally importing prohibited tier 1 goods, contrary to Section 233BAA(4) of the Customs Act 1901, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and or a fine not exceeding $180,000 or both.

Acting ABF Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Craig Palmer, said that this seizure is yet another example that the methods used by the ABF to target illicit imports continue to return significant results.

“No importation is too large or too small to escape the attention of ABF officers. This seizure demonstrates our ongoing commitment to targeting drug importation,” A/g Commander Palmer said.

“This seizure sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can bring illegal substances into Australia – you will be caught and you will face the full force of the law.”

Ephedrine is used as a precursor agent in the manufacture of illegal amphetamine substances, such as ice.

The man was scheduled to appear before Central Local Court on 17th June.

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