Men charged after $3.5m ephedrine seized

Hannah Ryan
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Two men have been arrested after police seized more than $3.5 million in ephedrine concealed in vehicle parts.

Police will allege the men were involved in large-scale importation of illicit drugs into NSW.

Australian Border Force inspected an air cargo consignment which arrived in Sydney from India last Thursday after receiving a tip.

The consignment was declared to contain vehicle parts.

Australian Border Force officers noted inconsistencies and deconstructed the consignment. They found nearly 50kg of powder hidden in the items.

A test of the powder returned a presumptive positive result for ephedrine, with an estimated street value of $3.5 million.

NSW Police investigated the drugs and arrested two men, aged 39 and 48, during vehicle stops at Georges Hall in Sydney's south west on Monday.

Police later seized various substances believed to be prohibited drugs, documents, computers, electronic storage devices, and 50kg of iodine from properties in Bankstown and Picnic Point.

Police believe the iodine is worth about $50,000 on the street.

The iodine and ephedrine seized during the operation could produce 38kg of ice -- which would sell for about $9.5 million, police say.

The men have been charged and will appear at Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday.