A MAN has been charged after more than $200,000 worth of MDMA was found concealed within protein powder.
Australian Border Force officers came across the haul last Friday, after it arrived in an air cargo consignment from the United Kingdom.
“ABF officers identified and examined the package, which led to a presumptive test returning positive results for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)” NSW police said in a statement.
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“The drugs had a total weight of 500g, which could be cut with other agents to produce up to 8000 pills with an estimated potential street value of more than $200,000.”
Following the discovery, Sydney police launched an investigation under Strike Force Dobem and executed a search warrant at a home in the CBD on Wednesday.
During the raid, officers seized 500 pills, believed to be MDMA, powder substances suspected of being cocaine and methylamphetamine, LSD, a large quality of various prescription medications, drug paraphernalia, items consistent with drug supply, and $7000 cash.
A 29-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Day Street Police Station.
He has since been charged with import marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug, supply commercial quantity of prohibited drug, and deal in proceeds of crime.
He has been refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today.
Investigations are continuing.