Two men charged with importing $2.3M worth of ephedrine into Australia

Two men have been busted illegally importing 26.5 kilograms of ephedrine, hidden inside children’s novelty shapes and exercise equipment.

Australian Border Force officers targeted three packages after they arrived in Australia from China between 18 and 19 October.

The packages, declared as ‘novelty letters of the alphabet’ and ‘exercise equipment’ were addressed to a residence in Eastwood, NSW.


Officers deconstructed the contents and discovered concealment’s of powder inside, which later tested positive for ephedrine.

Following ongoing investigations, police arrested two men, aged 21 and 28, in NSW.

The pair were charged with importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $900,000.

Criminals use ephedrine as a precursor agent in the manufacture of illegal amphetamine substances, such as ice.