ICE chemicals found in pump

Two men have been charged with drug offences after Australian Customs and police found chemicals to manufacture $6.6 million worth of ICE secreted in a water pump.

Earlier this month, Australian Customs Service officers intercepted a water pump that had been imported from overseas, which concealed 12.6kg of pseudoephedrine.

The precursor chemicals are alleged to have the potential to manufacture more than 60kg of methylamphetamine, or ’ICE’, with an estimated potential street value of $6.6 million.

The agencies raided a Springdale property in southern NSW and located chemicals and equipment used for the manufacture of methylamphetamine.

A 24-year-old man, who escaped police custody during a police search of a property at Ariah Park over the weekend, was arrested after jumping through a window. He was questioned at Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged overnight with manufacturing, possessing and supplying a prohibited drug.

A 58-year-old man has been arrested inside his Springdale house without incident, and was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited import and an unauthorised firearm.

Both men were refused bail.

Customs investigators will lay separate charges for the importation of the precursor chemicals.

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