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Byron Bay man charged over $45m drug haul
    #2586093 - 04/21/04 09:23 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)


Byron Bay man charged over $45m drug haul
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have made what they believe is the country's largest ever seizure of LSD in northern New South Wales.

The seized drugs have an estimated street value of $45 million.

A 52-year-old Byron Bay man has been charged under the Customs Act with possession of a commercial quantity of the drug.

The AFP's Paul Jevtovic says they seized about 190 millilitres of liquid LSD.

"The substance that we've seized also has the potential to generate just under four million tabs," he said.

"We have seized what we believe to be approximately 212,000 of those tabs.

"The street value again will be subject to ongoing analysis but we believe it to be in the vicinity of about $45 million."

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Re: Byron Bay man charged over $45m drug haul [Re: Anno]
    #2586127 - 04/21/04 09:44 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

It sure seems like there's been alot of seizures of LSD lately.

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    #2592190 - 04/22/04 09:01 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

i was thinking the same thing

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    #2607614 - 04/27/04 07:30 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)


Raids net massive LSD haul
By Leah Moore
April 22, 2004

AN Australian Federal Police investigation has led to one of Australia's largest LSD seizures, with the massive drug haul estimated to have a potential street value of $45 million.

Federal agents seized about 190 ml of suspected liquid LSD and 212,000 tabs of paper printed with red hearts, allegedly being prepared for LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) distribution, during a series of raids in northern NSW.

AFP Brisbane office manager Paul Jevtovic said a two-month investigation by 30 agents had led to the execution of warrants at three addresses in Byron Bay and Ocean Shores.

"We believe this to be the largest seizure of LSD in Australia," Mr Jevtovic said.

"However, that will be the subject of ongoing scientific analysis into the purity and the weight of the substance that was seized."

Mr Jevtovic said the liquid LSD, which was found in 19 small bottles, had the potential to make about four million tabs, each selling for about $12.

"LSD is normally seen or has been seen in a tab form already on the paper and it is quite rare to seize it in a liquid form as we have on this occasion," he said.

Federal agents also seized about 1kg of cannabis, about 20g of powder believed to be MDMA, $2340 in cash and computer equipment.

A Byron Bay man, 52, was arrested and charged with a number of drug offences under the Customs Act and NSW Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act. The man will appear in Byron Bay Court tomorrow.

Mr Jevtovic said the arrest and seizure, which follows last month's seizure of about 1.5 tons of pseudoephedrine bound for the Gold Coast, was another example of the AFP's "ongoing commitment to preventing narcotics hitting the streets".

"Obviously in the current national security environment there is a lot of issues currently being looked at, but I think this just echoes again we have maintained our focus on preventing narcotics getting into Australia and more importantly getting on to the streets," he said. "We are very pleased that we have been able to prevent this LSD from hitting the streets and obviously, this investigation and our ongoing intelligence probe will provide us with a better insight into exactly what this seizure means for Australia."

He said it had been many years since a major LSD seizure by police, but he did not think this seizure was a sign that LSD had become a new favourite of drug importers.

"We'd like to think that we are deterring criminals thinking about getting involved in narcotic importations full-stop and obviously with every investigation we hope to better educate ourselves as to exactly what is happening in the narcotic environment."

Mr Jevtovic said he was unable to reveal this most recent drug haul's suspected origins or intended destination as investigations surrounding the seizure were continuing.


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