A man and a woman from Port Douglas have appeared before a Queensland court charged with allegedly importing three kilograms of crystal-methamphetamine labelled as bath salts.
On 22 March 2016, the Australian Border Force (ABF) at the Sydney Gateway Facility identified a package from Malaysia for further examination. It was found to contain four plastic bottles with a white crystalline substance. The crystalline substance tested positive for crystal-methamphetamine.
The matter was then referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). A controlled delivery and two search warrants were conducted at Port Douglas addresses on 4 April 2016, with the assistance of Queensland Police Service (QPS).
A 64-year-old woman was arrested and charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, reasonably suspected to have been imported contrary to section 307.8 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
A 59-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Both offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The alleged offenders appeared before the Cairns Magistrates Court yesterday (5 April 2016) and both were granted conditional bail.