A 32-year-old Lebanese national is to face Sydney Central Local Court after he was charged with attempting to import approximately 15 litres of Gammabutyrolactone (GBL), following a Customs and Border Protection and Australian Federal Police (AFP) operation.
GBL is a precursor to the drug Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, more commonly known as GHB and is a prohibited import without appropriate authority under the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Customs and Border Protection officers detected the substance in an air cargo package which arrived in Sydney on Sunday 8 March from Hong Kong.
During an examination of the package, officers found 12 unlabelled white plastic bottles containing a clear liquid.
Presumptive testing of the clear liquid indicated a positive result for GBL.
The matter was referred to the AFP who conducted a search warrant at a residential address in Bankstown where they arrested the man as he awaited receipt of the parcel.
The AFP seized the 15 litres of GBL, which has an estimated street value of up to $300,000.
The man was charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled substance under Section 307 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $825,000 and/or life imprisonment.