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Two men given lengthy jail terms in Australia for 'world's largest' ecstasy haul

Published on Jul 4, 2014 3:16 PM
 
Australian Customs display some of the seized 4.4 tonnes of ecstasy (MDMA) tablets, in what they said was the biggest haul of the illicit drug anywhere in the world, in Melbourne, on Aug 8, 2008. Two men were handed lengthy jail terms in Australia on Friday, July 4, 2014 for their part in the "world's largest" ecstasy seizure where police found 4.4 tonnes of tablets hidden in tomato cans.-- PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Two men were handed lengthy jail terms in Australia on Friday for their part in the "world's largest" ecstasy seizure where police found 4.4 tonnes of tablets hidden in tomato cans.

Carmelo Falanga and Jan Visser were sentenced to 23 years and 11 years respectively for their involvement in importing millions of ecstasy tablets into Melbourne from Naples.

"The money that was potentially to be made was unbelievable, beyond even the comprehension of most ordinary people," Justice Betty King said in Victoria state's Supreme Court, The Age newspaper reported.

"Each of you, like your co-offenders, were involved so that you could make a quick and large amount of money, without having to work for it like other ordinary members of our society.

 
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