Torque tester concealment

Arrests have been made, yet again, after two men attempted to import methamphetamine into Australia.

The latest seizure of contraband was made in Sydney.  Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers targeted an import sea freight shipment that arrived into Sydney port from China.

The consignment of five wooden crates was manifested as “Torque Testers” and after an uncertain x-ray, ACBPS officers made the decision to physically exam the cargo.

Each of the five items located in the crates were found to have approx 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed inside the machinery.  The total weight of the seizure was approx 12 kilograms.

With the alarming discovery being made, the matter was then passed on to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

AFP officers then carried out a controlled delivery in the Sydney suburb of Eastwood. It was then that two Taiwanese men, aged 31 and 24 years old respectfully were arrested after they allegedly took possession of the goods.

“Customs and Border Protection officers are highly trained to detect concealments of illegal and prohibited goods. With the technology available, even the most sophisticated concealments are being detected,” ACBPS Regional Commander for NSW, Tim Fitzgerald said.

Both men were charged with attempt to possess a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5, by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995;
The 31-year-old man was also charged with import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

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