Investigations are underway after police found millions of dollars worth of drugs hidden in sex toys.
Around 40 kilograms of methamphetamine and 18 kilograms of cocaine were seized by the Australian Border Force, after arriving in Melbourne from the United Kingdom via Singapore.
An x-ray of a consignment containing 21 boxes of ‘adult products’ indicated possible concealment of illegal drugs.
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The Australian Federal Police has now launched Operation Geham, and spoke to a number of people in the Melbourne suburbs of Belfield and Thomastown.
No arrests have been made but charges have not been ruled out.
AFP Acting Commander Investigations Jayne Crossling says drug smugglers will any product and method to import drugs into Australia.
“COVID-19 has not stopped drug dealers or organised crime syndicates from trying to import illicit products into Australia,’’ a/ Commander Crossling said.
“The AFP, with partner agencies, is one-step ahead and is unleashing maximum damage on the criminal environment.
“Drugs and drug abuse have severe consequences for the Australian community. Those with illicit substances in their system are unpredictable and it’s not just their health they are putting at risk, but those around them.”
ABF Regional Commander Craig Palmer says criminals will go to creative lengths to sneak illegal drugs into the country.
“Despite their attempts, criminal concealments are no match for our officers who are well-trained to detect such efforts.
“The ABF is serious about combatting the risk to the community posed by the illegal drug trade, and will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies so we can see more results like today’s.
If it reached Australian streets, this amount of methamphetamine could have had an estimated street value of up to $30 million dollars.
“The cocaine could have had an estimated street value of more than $8 million dollars,” Regional Commander Palmer said.
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