A senior Australian police officer was arrested in connection with a conspiracy to import hundreds of pounds of drug-making chemicals along with suspects in Europe and Asia, authorities said Tuesday, reports The New York Times quoting an American news agency. Mark Standen, an Assistant Director of the New South Wales state Crime Commission, was charged in court Tuesday with conspiracy to import controlled substances and supply prohibited drugs, and with perverting the course of justice. He did not enter a plea and was ordered to be held in jail until another hearing on June 11. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Standen is alleged to have assisted a drug-trafficking syndicate with operatives in the Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand in a plan to bring to Australia 1,300 pounds of the chemical pseudoephedrine that could be used to make $114m worth of the methamphetamine known as "ice". He was arrested on Monday after what the Australian Federal Police said in a statement was a highly sensitive investigation that lasted two years and involved some 250 police in all four countries. A second Sydney man, Bakhos Jalalaty, was also charged Tuesday in connection to the drug plot, and was also ordered to remain in custody. NSW Crime Commissioner Phillip Bradley said Standen's arrest did not indicate a broader level of corruption with the unit. The masterminds of the syndicate were in the Netherlands, where 12 people were arrested last week. In addition, Thai police arrested a British man in Bangkok on Saturday, and his extradition to Australia would be sought, the AFP said in a statement.