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Australia $140m shipment of MDMA intercepted before hitting Brisbane

15:05  22 november  2019
15:05  22 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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$ 140 m shipment of MDMA 'bound for Schoolies' intercepted . Australian Federal Police and Queensland police worked with officers in The Netherlands and Belgium to intercept a huge haul of the drug in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in late August.

Police have intercepted a $ 140 million shipment of MDMA bound for schoolies.

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An international shipment of MDMA, large enough to make seven million ecstasy tablets, has been intercepted before hitting the streets of Brisbane.

A 10-month investigation between Australian and Dutch authorities saw the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $140 million, intercepted near Rotterdam, Amsterdam.

Authorities found the drugs hidden in a shipping container of tinned pulped tomatoes.

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The drugs were intercepted in the Dutch city of Rotterdam three months ago — part of an international police operation that has led to arrests in three countries.

Hundreds of kilograms of illicit drugs from Spain worth more than $ 140 million have been intercepted by Border Force officers. NSW Police confirmed today the delivery – declared as containing shampoo products - was first detected in Sydney on May 7 after an X-ray scan revealed inconsistencies.

Joint operation stops over 15 million MDMA pills reaching Australian streets © Australian Federal Police Joint operation stops over 15 million MDMA pills reaching Australian streets Australian Federal Police, the Queensland Joint Organised Crime Taskforce, Queensland Police, Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission all worked with Dutch police in the investigation, which has been described as one of the biggest MDMA seizures in Australian history.

AFP officers embedded overseas are believed to have played a vital role in the undercover operation, which saw the drugs intercepted before they were shipped to Australia.

Father and son Paulus Johannes Berkhof, 58, and Petronella Adrianna Waltherus Adriaan Berkhof, 37, are alleged to be key members of the syndicate and have been charged in the Netherlands.

They will not be extradited to Australia.

AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said all those involved would face prosecution.

"The AFP is committed to working closely with its law enforcement partners here in Australia, through partnerships such as the Queensland Joint Organised Crime Taskforce, and overseas to ensure offenders face considerable consequences for their actions," Mr Kershaw told News Corp.

"I wish to thank our Dutch counterparts for their expert involvement in this investigation and strong support of our efforts to keep these drugs off Australian shores."

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