A 25-year-old man has been charged over his alleged role in importing $276,000 worth of methamphetamine from the United States into Australia.
The man, from Western Australia, was arrested by Australian Federal Police officers on 12 January, after he allegedly ripped open a stuffed toy llama to access the illicit drugs he expected to find hidden inside.
However, little did he know, the drugs had already been seized by Border Force Officers at the New South Wales mail facility, who found the methamphetamine while examining the package on 3 January.
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Instead, they replaced the methamphetamine with an inert substance, before delivering the package to the destined address in Leeming.
“Police will allege a man at the residence collected the package before taking it to his home in Dianella, where it was opened,” the AFP said.
“Police will allege that after going through the package, the man set fire to some of the contents.”
AFP officers executed a search warrant at the property, where they allegedly found burned remnants of the mailed items in an outdoor fireplace.
The man was charged with attempting to possess a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, which carries a potential maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.
He’s due to face Perth Magistrate’s Court today.
ABF Superintendent International Mail NSW, John Fleming said ABF officers are always on high alert when it comes to detecting threats to the border.
“ABF officers are highly trained and equipped with state of the art technology to protect the Australian community from threats like illegal drugs,” Superintendent Fleming said.
“Our officers are stationed at every international port across Australia, they are experts at intercepting illicit drugs no matter the size of the concealment or where criminals attempt to hide them, this detection is yet another example of their great work.”