A Gold Coast man has been charged after allegedly trying to import meth into Australia, disguised as vitamin supplements.
On June 26, Australian Border Force officers in Sydney intercepted a shipment from the United States destined for a property in Maroochydore.
It’s alleged the package contained eight litres of liquid methamphetamine, disguised as vitamin supplements.
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On Tuesday, officers from Border Force, the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police raided a home in Maroochydore and a business in nearby Forest Glen.
During the execution of the search warrants, officers also allegedly located a quantity of illegal steroids.
The 37-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
He is next due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on 4 September.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
A 38-year-old man was also arrested for breach of bail conditions and possession of a dangerous drugs.
AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Crime Northern Command Stephen Jay said the damage done by methamphetamine to the body and to the wider community is vast.
“We know it forms physical and physiological dependency, but it also contributes to domestic violence and violence against paramedics, hospital staff and police.
“Our work with other agencies to remove dangerous drugs like meth from circulation on the streets is protecting the health and well-being of our community,” Detective Acting Superintendent Jay said.
ABF Commander for Enforcement Command, Graeme Grosse, said the genesis of the operation was a border detection by ABF officers.
“Our border officers work hard every day to detect prohibited items coming into Australia – and the investigations that follow such detections are effective because of our close relationship with QPS and AFP. This allows us to work together so criminals who attempt such acts are brought to justice,” Commander Grosse said.
Detective Superintendent Col Briggs of the Queensland Police Service Drug and Serious Crime Group said the operation kept dangerous drugs off the streets.
“This joint operation has removed a vast quantity of drugs from the hands of criminal networks who make significant profits at the expense of our community.”
“The Queensland Joint Organised Crime Taskforce has effectively reduced the supply and production of drugs, in turn disrupting the flow of illicit substances on our streets,” Detective Superintendent Briggs said.