AFP charges two men with alleged importation of pseudoephedrine
A Sydney air cargo worker who allegedly informed criminal syndicates of law enforcement interest in particular shipments has been charged with his involvement in importing 156 kilograms of drugs in rolls of cloth.
Australian Federal Police allege that airline employee Eric Grunnet, 51, and Tishan David, 36, imported 156 kilograms of pseudoephedrine in fabric rolls from India via air cargo, which was seized by Australian border force officers in October last year.
Pseudoephedrine is used in underground labs to make methamphetamine, more commonly known as speed or ice.
“AFP investigation into the activities of an air cargo employee suspected of using his role to inform several criminal syndicates of law enforcement interest in inbound shipments resulted in execution two search warrants on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, “police said in a statement.
During a search warrant at Mr David’s home in East Hills, police seized $ 15,000 in cash and several electronic devices, while a cell phone was seized in a search warrant at the home from Mr. Grunnet to Darling Point.
The two men were arrested at their home and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a precursor controlled at the border. The maximum penalty for the offense is 25 years imprisonment. Police did not rule out other charges.
The arrests come as part of AFP’s Operation Ironside, a highly sensitive three-year mass surveillance of underworld communications on the An0m network.
The app, installed on specially modified phones, has been viewed as an “encrypted” platform by up to 12,500 people around the world, including 1,100 in Australia, to handle drug trafficking, money laundering. money and other serious and violent crimes.