Australian police said Wednesday that they have arrested four British men in Australia and New Zealand in an international drug sting that accumulated a record haul of potent MDMA.
A total of 766 kilograms of the “highest purity” MDMA recorded in Queensland state, worth Aus$90 million. The bust involved coordination between Australian, New Zealand and British authorities.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker, of Queensland police, said in a statement, “Organised crime syndicates are making a significant profit at the expense of our Australian community but more importantly they are placing our young people’s health at risk.”
The MDMA was in pill and capsule form, said the police. “We believe the drug would have been diluted with other agents and had the potential to make between six and 12 million capsules,” Wacker added.
A 26-year-old Queensland man was arrested and in Australia, two British men aged 51 and 40 were arrested. They all were charged relating to drug possession and supply. Authorities estimate that Australians consume over 1.1 tonnes of MDMA each year.
Last year in a government report it was revealed that the country has a growing problem with meth known as “ice” which revealed that Australia has proportionally more users than most nations.