Customs discover ice chemicals in herbal tea

Customs have discovered two kilograms of a drug used to make ice hidden in herbal tea packets in Sydney.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers seized the ephedrine in Sydney following an examination of the packages at Sydney International Mail Centre.

Inside the six sealed boxes from China were 81 tea packets bundled with clothes. Further inspection revealed the tea packets contained ephedrine, which is used to manufacture drugs including ice.

Officers who discovered the illegal contents were praised by ACBPS acting national manager of cargo operations John Ikin.

"This shows once again our skilled, resourced and experienced officers continue to detect illegal drugs that can be so damaging to our communities," he said.

"Customs and Border Protection continues to adapt to new techniques and methods used to bring drugs like these into Australia."

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