A CHINESE man is facing the possibility of life in an Australian jail after police allegedly uncovered 70 litres of liquid meth at a house in Sydney’s southwest.
The 53-year-old Hong Kong national was arrested during a raid at the Campsie home on Wednesday.
Officers allegedly found 70 litres of methylamphetamine inside the house, along with equipment consistent with manufacturing methylamphetamine, police said.
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The 53-year-old was arrested and charged with knowingly manufacturing a prohibited drug greater than a large commercial quantity, contrary to s24(2) of the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW).
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The man was remanded in custody and refused bail in Burwood Local Court today . He’ll reappear in the same court on Wednesday, March 7.
Detectives from the Joint Organised Crime Group had been monitoring the 53-year-old man since 2017.
AFP Coordinator Organised Crime, Detective Superintendent Stephen Dametto said it was not surprising that organised crime was continuing to turn to illicit drug manufacturing here in Australia.
“We’ve had enormous successes over the past few years stopping drugs from being imported into Australia – with more than a tonne of methylamphetamine stopped in Western Australia before Christmas,” Det. Supt Dametto said.
“The discovery of this clandestine laboratory is a prime example of how criminal syndicates will use any means possible to produce these terrible drugs that cause significant harm to our communities.”
NSW Police Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke said the NSW Police Force was committed to reducing the availability of prohibited drugs on the streets of NSW.
“This result is a further demonstration of the ability of law enforcement agencies at a State and Commonwealth level to work in partnership to seize drugs and remove them from the community,” Det. Supt Cooke said.
“The community has an important role to play in reducing the impact of illicit drugs. You are our eyes and ears, and we want to hear from you if you notice something suspicious.”