Australian Police Seized A Record Haul Of Ephedrine In Rice Sacks Which Could Have Made $200 Million Worth Of Ice

Photo: Getty Images

Australian Federal Police seized 247 kilograms of ephedrine hidden in sacks of rice, which could have been used to manufacture $200 million worth of the drug ice.

Four people — an Australian, two Canadians and an Indian national — have been arrested and charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

After finding the drugs in 3600 bags labelled “basmati rice” a joint operation by the AFP and the Department of Agriculture and Customs tracked the shipment to an address in Fairfield, Sydney.

“The AFP and partner agencies have dismantled this multinational syndicate and significantly stemmed the flow of narcotics on to Australian streets,” AFP crime operations national manager Ian McCartney said in a statement.

Ephedrine is used in small quantities to make medicines such as cold-and-flu tablets, though is a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

There is more at ABC News.

Now read: Foreign Hacking Attempts On Australian Government Computers Have Risen Sharply Since 2011: Report

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook and Twitter

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.