The Australian Border Force (ABF) officers are keeping busy with several seizures occurring over the last few months.
1. Push-up bras
Following on from the ABF’s largest bust at the beginning of the year, liquid methamphetamine has, once again, been discovered in push-up bras. 36 cartons of push up bra inserts arrived into the Port of Melbourne from China. Initial testing of the fluid inside the inserts returned a positive result for methamphetamine. Forty-four kilograms of methamphetamine in total was discovered.
A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to Section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and attempting to possess a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to Section 307.5 and 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). These offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
2. Bathroom Products
A consignment arrived at the International Mail Gateway in Sydney from China. The shipment contained seven toilet brush holders and eight toilet brushes (which would have struck me as curious). Officers from the Australian Border Force examined the shipment, noting abnormalities. A liquid was discovered inside the brushes and holders, once tested proved positive for methamphetamine. 4.8 litres of the drug was uncovered.
A controlled delivery of the cargo was arranged with a 22-year-old Hong Kong man being arrested. He was charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to subsection 307.5 (1) by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
3. Every little bit counts
International mail is monitored closely by the team at Australian Border Force (ABF). During a joint operation involving several departments saw five consignments of crystal methamphetamine seized at the Melbourne International Mail Facility. The drugs, weighing a total of 4.9kgs, are believed to have originated in China.
Two men were arrested (29-year-old and a 31-year-old) following raids.
Source credit: abf.gov.au