World's biggest ecstasy haul found in Australia
By Frank Thorne in Sydney, Evening Standard
15 April 2005
Police in Australia have made what is believed to be the world's biggest ecstasy seizure.
Drugs squad officers found more than five million tablets with an estimated street value of more than ?100 million on Melbourne's waterfront.
The drugs were discovered in a shipping container carrying ceramic tiles imported from Italy this week. The tablets were concealed in cavities around some of the boxes of tiles and were identified using x-ray equipment.
More than one ton of tablets was found in a search.
Federal police officers monitored the container until it was delivered to a factory in Thomastown in north Melbourne. Two men were later arrested as they attempted to recover the tablets.
Never heard about it on newspaper or TV news :lol:
Apr 16th, 2005, 05:42 AM
never heard this b4
Apr 16th, 2005, 07:07 AM
Yes..it was reported on ABC and SBS news yesterday...absolutely huge haul.
The potential street value has risen to over $AU250 million.
It appears that the drugs originated in Holland or Belgium, however the "distributers" cover their tracks very well and the actual source may be elsewhere.
Apr 16th, 2005, 07:13 AM
I understand why they are so happy and smart now...
Apr 16th, 2005, 07:58 AM
I saw this on the news yesterday ... its not like the drugs CAME from australia... they just went to australia lol... eh...
and duiz...we don't all take drugs... we're happy coz we live in a great country lol :D and smart... well we're not all that smart.. lol
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:07 AM
Yes i heard this on the news yesterday.. The drugs came in on a tile shipment from Italy. ;)
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:12 AM
This reminds me of Schappelle Corby :sad:
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:20 AM
Cops make world's biggest ecstasy bust
FOUR men have been arrested in Melbourne over what police believe is one of the world's biggest ecstasy hauls.
An Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokeswoman said officers discovered more than one tonne of MDMA (ecstasy) tablets with an estimated street value of more than $250 million in a shipment at Melbourne's waterfront.
The spokeswoman said it was the largest ever ecstasy haul in Australia, and possibly the world, and was detected following a joint operation between the AFP and the Australian Customs Service, with assistance from the Australian Crime Commission.
A joint AFP/customs statement said intelligence developed by the two agencies led customs to the drugs in a shipping container carrying ceramic tiles imported from Italy earlier this week.
The tablets were concealed in cavities around some of the boxes of tiles and were first identified using x-ray equipment, the statement said.
More than five million tablets were found in a subsequent search of the container.
AFP officers monitored the container until it was delivered to a factory in Thomastown, in Melbourne's north, yesterday afternoon.
Two men later tried to recover the tablets.
A Black Rock man, 36, and a 52-year-old man from Clarkefield, near Sunbury, were arrested at the scene and were charged with aiding and abetting a commercial quantity of MDMA and attempting to possess a prohibited import.
AFP officers then executed 12 search warrants at homes and businesses across Melbourne overnight, arresting two others – a Gowanbrae man, 28, and a Sydenham man, 31.
The two were charged with aiding and abetting a prohibited import, a commercial quantity of MDMA.
All four were due to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court at 2pm today (AEST)
Apr 16th, 2005, 08:21 AM
This reminds me of Schappelle Corby :sad:
I know :sad: ... I feel for her.. everytime i see her on the news i'm like damn it she should be home in australia...
Apr 16th, 2005, 09:32 AM
I feel for Mrs Corby too :sad:
Apr 16th, 2005, 11:15 AM
Yep, I feel for Schappelle Corby too :sad: Indonesian judges and public are extremely rude :fiery: Every time I hear it on news and says another delay makes me frustrated, actually.
It makes me don't want to go to Indonesia :) I mean it :)
Apr 16th, 2005, 12:50 PM
poor schappele :( her physical state is degenrating she is looking sick from the stress