A JOINT-agency police investigation has resulted in the seizure of approximately 35 kilograms of pseudoephedrine worth an estimated $1.4 million in Sydney’s west.

Officers attached to State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, Australian Border Force, and the New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC) commenced an investigation in March 2021 after a suspicious imported consignment was intercepted by the ABF in Sydney.

When the consignment was examined, it was allegedly found to contain pseudoephedrine concealed within metal pallets.

Police will allege further investigations under Strike Force Nilland identified a syndicate involved in the importation, storage and supply of pseudoephedrine across Sydney.

Following extensive inquiries, a search warrant was executed at an address in Westmead about 0900 on Wednesday (25 August).

During a subsequent search, investigators allegedly located and seized about 35 kilograms of pseudoephedrine within plastic bags.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station, where he was charged with supply prohibited drug more than large commercial quantity.

He was refused bail and appeared at Burwood Local Court yesterday (Thursday 26 August 2021).

Organised Crime Squad commander Detective Acting Superintendent Gordon Arbinja, said investigations with partner agencies under Strike Force Nilland are ongoing.

“The public know these joint investigations are relentless and successful in their pursuit of dismantling these types of syndicates – and they can expect more arrests as investigations continue.

“Pseudoephedrine is a prohibited drug commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, and the amount seized yesterday could have resulted in the manufacture of more than 20 kilograms of the drug ice.

“Organised crime groups distribute these harmful substances anywhere they see fit to make a profit, knowing full well the harm these drugs cause to the community; it won’t be tolerated,” Det Act Supt Arbinja said.

ABF Investigations Acting Superintendent Anthony Wheatley says Australia’s law enforcement agencies are dedicated to keeping dangerous substances off our streets.

“While ABF officers are committed to stopping harmful drugs entering Australia at the border, they’re also determined to stop the importation of illegal precursors, which allow criminals to manufacture drugs in our community,” A/g Superintendent Wheatley said.

“This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone considering taking part in criminal activities – you will be caught and you will be held accountable.”