While most Aussies are enjoying time with their friends and family this holiday this holiday season, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have been working around-the-clock to stop illegal smuggling attempts.
The agency seized 4.2 tonnes of illicit tobacco and 21.7 million cigarettes. They also found testosterone, a prohibited performance and image enhancing drug, and thwarted attempt to smuggle three lizards out of the country.
The biggest seizure was 500 kilograms of cocaine – on Christmas Day as part of a long-running investigation – but Border Force officers seized another 65 kilograms of drugs over the same time period including heroin, methamphetamine, ketamine and GBL.
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ABF’s Michael Outram said: “The perception among the criminal underworld may be that the holiday season is an opportune time to smuggle illicit drugs across the border, but there is no break for the watchful eye of the border force officer.”
“We will continue to target drug and tobacco smugglers, and others who would seek to import dangerous and illegal goods which pose a threat to our communities.