FURTHER charges have been laid against two Sydney men after police stopped a car on the Hume Highway near Albury in August and allegedly found drug product worth up to $7 million.
Jimmy Cuong Lieu, 32, of Hinchinbrook, and Mai Dinh Quang To, 29, of Eagle Vale, have been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
It is in addition to previous charges laid on the pair after police stopped an allegedly speeding hire car on the Hume Highway about 11pm on August 15 at Mullengandra, 35 kilometres north of Albury.
Police told Albury Local Court on August 24 they found 70 kilograms of white powder in the car the pair were travelling in.
Police said forensic testing has since confirmed the white powder was ephedrine, a pre-cursor used to produce amphetamines like speed and methamphetamine like ice.
Police said the chemical was capable of producing $7 million worth of drugs.
In the August 24 hearing, Lieu pleaded not guilty to having goods in custody suspected of being stolen and dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime.
Lieu had $1970 in cash and a Visa card in someone else’s name when pulled over.
The court heard To was charged with having a home-made bong, possessing a glass pipe and dealing with property reasonably suspected or being proceeds of crime.
Both men were bailed to reappear at Albury Local Court on October 22.