Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) have intercepted one of the largest hauls of methamphetamine arriving into Australia.
The seizure, approx 65kgs, is worth approximately $43 million on the streets and would be thousands of hits of the drug.
It was late last month when ACBPS officers at the Sydney Container Examination Facility selected a shipment for closer inspection after the initial x-ray carried out revealed abnormalities. The consignment was manifested as flat packed cabinets.
During the physical examination, ACBPS officers found a crystalline substance hidden within stacks of the plywood boards. Presumptive testing of the material turned positive results for methamphetamine.
With the matter referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the drugs were switched with an inert substance. A controlled delivery was staged, and a 55 year old Chinese national was arrested after attempting to remove the fabricated methamphetamine.
The man has been charged with one count of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and one count of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
“Our message to those involved in this deadly and illicit trade is simple: we are targeting you, and when caught you will face heavy penalties,” ACBPS Director Operations and Planning NSW, Brett Totten said.
The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.
Source & image credits: customs.gov.au