NEW South Wales cops have charged a man over the importation of MDMA and ice, detected by Australian Border Force officers in an air cargo consignment from Germany.

On Wednesday 7 August 2019, ABF officers found 5.5kg of MDMA and 500g of methylamphetamine concealed within a package containing garden lamps.

A test returned positive results for both MDMA and methylamphetamine.

The drugs have a total estimated potential street value of more than $600,000.

The matter was referred to detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command.

Following extensive inquiries, two men – aged 22 and 32 – were arrested by strike force detectives outside an apartment on Sussex Street in Sydney in the early evening of Wednesday (14 August).

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Shortly after the arrests, investigators, assisted by Central Metropolitan Region’s Operation Odin, executed a search warrant at the apartment.

During the search, police seized air cargo packaging, mobile phones, and various documentation.

The 32-year-old man was charged with possess commercial quantity unlawful import: border-controlled drug and attempted possess marketable quantity unlawful import border control drug.

He was refused bail and was due to appear at Central Local Court yesterday (15 August).

The 22-year-old man was later released pending further inquiries.

Investigations are ongoing.

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