A multi-agency investigation has ended in what law enforcement officials say is the largest single seizure of ephedrine in Australian history.
Authorities said the 274-kilogram haul, hidden in a shipment of rice from India into Melbourne, could be used to make 200 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine with a potential street value of up to $200 million.
The operation started on July 16 when the shipment was detected at the Port of Melbourne. The Australian Federal Police monitored delivery of the consignment to a storage facility in Melbourne, before it moved on to another facility in Fairfield.
Officers executed nine search warrants in Melbourne and Sydney on September 23 with evidence seized including $255,000 in cash. Three people were arrested and charged.