Brisbane woman charged with using dark web and Bitcoin to smuggle drugs into Qld

A Brisbane woman has been charged after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the country using the dark web and Bitcoin.

Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force charged with 32-year-old on Friday with numerous drug importation and trafficking offences.

It comes after officers detected a small amount of MDMA in a parcel consignment from the United Kingdom to an address in Brisbane back in December, 2017.


Then on January 4, ABF officers detected another package from the United Kingdom containing Fentanyl to the same consignee.

The AFP was then called in to take over the investigation and searched a home in Brisbane on February 2, in which a bunch of MDMA, LSD, Dimethylthyltrytamine (DMT) and Oxycodone was seized.

The woman was subsequently arrested and charged with:

  • Two counts of importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely Fentanyl and MDMA contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995
  • Four counts of importing a border controlled drug, namely MDMA and Cannabis contrary to section 307.3 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995
  • Nine counts of state related offences under Qld Drugs Misuse Act 1986. 

AFP Commander Justine Gough, Manager Crime Operations said Australians are using any means at their disposal to bring illicit and harmful substances like Fentanyl and MDMA into our communities and homes.

“The appeal of these illicit drugs is a serious concern to the AFP and we want to remind the public that taking these substances, often from an unknown origin, can be extremely dangerous for your health, with potential serious side effects, even death,” Commander Gough said.

“These detections and the subsequent investigation is a clear example of how our agencies will continue to work together to combat the supply of illicit and dangerous drugs into our communities.”

ABF Regional Commander Queensland, Terry Price, said people shouldn’t assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies.

“Through close collaboration with our law enforcement partners we are able to detect imports purchased through these sites,” Regional Commander Price said

“We continue to refine our targeting and testing to make sure this deadly drug doesn’t make its way into the hands of Australian users but people ultimately need to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.”

The woman is scheduled to appear at Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today.