Police intercept $125K of ‘liquid ecstasy’ en-route to Gold Coast

A young Gold Coast woman is facing the possibility of life behind bars after she was charged with trying to import gamma-butyrolactone, known as liquid ecstasy, into the country.

Australian Border Force officers in Sydney intercepted an air freight consignment that had arrived via China on 4 May.

The package, which was addressed to Robina on the Gold Coast, contained approximately 25 litres of GBL which has an estimated street value of $125,000.


It led AFP officers, together with officers from the Qld Police Service Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad and ABF detector dogs to a home in Robina yesterday, where they executed a search warrant.

During the raid, officers allegedly located an estimated $40,000 in cash stashed inside a washing machine.


A 25-year-old woman was arrested at the home and has since been charged with one count of possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, one count of receiving money or other property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime and one count of order to provide information or assistance.

She is due to face Southport Magistrates Court today.


AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Stephen Jay said intercepting drugs like GBL is vital to putting a dent in the revenue of organised crime, and preventing harm to the community by removing a chemical that can be fatal, even in tiny doses.

“GBL, also known as liquid ecstasy, fantasy or ‘coma in a bottle’, is a potent chemical which can have severe side-effects once used, leading to drug dependency and death,” Detective Acting Superintendent Jay said.

“The use of any illicit substance can have dire outcomes and we want to remind the community of the dangers of this particular drug.”

Possession of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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