Darwin is the location of the latest Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) latest seizure of illicit drugs that were headed into Australia’s black market.
Multiple consignments of electrical goods arrived into Darwin from Bangkok, Thailand via air cargo.
The packages contained electrical goods such as DVD players, printers and audio equipment. The shipments were examined by the officers from ACBPS and were found to contain 1.6kgs of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who carried out search warrants in Darwin as well as Victoria.
A 37 year old Nigerian man was arrested in Victoria and extradited to the Northern Territory and was charged with two counts of attempting to possess a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.9(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).
A second man from the Northern Territory has received a notice to appear in court due to steroid offences.
“Air Cargo is an avenue of drug importation that law enforcement agencies are well aware of and will continue to target,” AFP Manager Crime Operations Jennifer Hurst said.
“Small-quantity, high-volume importations pose a significant risk to the community. We are committed to disrupting the activities of people attempting to import illicit drugs.”
“Every day Customs and Border Protection officers protect our communities from illegal imports. “This seizure should send a strong warning to criminals that if you participate in illegal activities, no matter how creative you are, you will be caught,” said ACBPS Regional Commander Central Region, James Watson.
Source and Image credits: customs.gov.au