A man has been extradited from Malaysia to face charges relating to the supply of thousands of ecstasy pills.

Strike Force Alawa was established three years ago to investigate the large-scale manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs.

It comprises investigators attached to State Crime Command’s Drug Squad, the South West Region Enforcement Squad and Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.

Inquiries revealed a 40-year-old man – identified as a key player in the alleged supply of more than 15,000 MDMA (ecstasy) pills during October 2007 – travelled to Malaysia later that year.

He was arrested by local authorities on 22 April this year.

New South Wales police successfully sought the man’s extradition back to Australia yesterday (Friday 18 June) and, upon arrival at Sydney Airport this morning, he was taken to the Sydney Police Centre at Surry Hills.

He was charged with two counts of supply large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and refused bail to appear in Parramatta Bail Court today.

The man is the 32nd person to be charged as a result of inquiries by Strike Force Alawa.