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).


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.