A Wolli Creek man has been charged by NSW Police Force over the alleged importation of MDMA, which was detected by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in a parcel from Spain.
On August 18 this year, the ABF Detector Dog Unit identified an air cargo consignment of interest at a customs-controlled depot in Sydney.
Officers x-rayed and inspected the consignment, which was found to contain colourful plastic bracelets.
They also located 500 tablets inside the parcel, which were subject to further examination and a presumptive test returned positive results for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).
The matter was referred to police from St George Proactive Crime Team, who commenced an investigation into the importation with the assistance of the State Crime Command's Cybercrime Squad.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators, assisted by Central Metropolitan Region's Operation Odin and the Dog Unit, executed a search warrant at an apartment on Brodie Spark Drive, Wolli Creek, just before midday yesterday, on August 21.
During the search, police seized a further 62g grams of MDMA, cocaine, cannabis, synthetic drugs, drug paraphernalia consistent with supply, cannabis cultivation equipment, postal packaging, a laptop, mobile phones, and documentation.
The total estimated potential street value of the illicit drugs is about $75,000.
A 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Kogarah Police Station.
He was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, and four counts of possessing a prohibited drug.
The man has been refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court today.
Investigations are continuing.
The latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program data estimates that more than 1.1 tonnes of MDMA is consumed nationally each year.