Australian authorities have seized 1.2 tons of the illicit drug ecstasy worth 145 million Australian dollars (114 million US dollars) in Sydney, officials announced on Saturday.
The Australian Federal Police seized the recreational drug crystal Methylenedioxy methamphetamine (MDMA), popularly known as ecstasy, concealed inside aluminum sheets in a storage facility in a Sydney suburb last week, a government statement said.
"This is the largest drug haul in Australia so far in 2016 and the fourth-largest ecstasy seizure on record (in Australia)," the statement from the justice minister's office said. "The size of this seizure and the amount of harm it would have caused cannot be understated." The police arrested and charged two Polish men, aged 28 and 29, for allegedly importing the drugs. They were refused bail at Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.
Federal police deputy commissioner Justine Saunders told reporters on Saturday that the pair imported the crystallized ecstasy into the country from Europe, but did she did not reveal which country.
The amount equates to more than 4.1 million ecstasy tablets, she said.
MDMA is one of the top two most commonly used illicit drugs in the country along with cannabis, according to the Australian Crime Commission.