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10kg of ephedrine concealed in food products seized at Sydney Airport

Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators have charged a 46 year-old Sydney woman with importing 10kg of ephedrine concealed in food products.

On 15 August 2016, ABF officers conducted an examination of the woman’s baggage after she arrived at Sydney International Airport from China.

The officers examined the woman’s suitcases, which they found to have concealments of powder within food products and baby powder. Initial testing of the substance was positive for ephedrine.

The woman was charged with importing commercial quantities of a border controlled precursor contrary to section 307.11 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, which carries a maximum penalty for an individual of 25 years imprisonment and or a fine not exceeding $900,000.

ABF Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Anthony Seebach, said the ABF will continue to disrupt individuals attempting to bring these precursor drugs into Australia.

“Seizing this ephedrine is an important step in helping decrease the domestic manufacture and supply of ice,” Commander Seebach said.

“The ABF is committed to preventing these harmful substances reaching the Australian community. Our technology and our officers are primed to detect suspicious behaviour and disrupt drug importation through our airports.”

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

The woman is scheduled to appear before Waverly Local court today.