The saying don’t accept lollies from strangers has never rung more true, after police uncovered methylamphetamine and cocaine stashed in lollipops and lollies.
Australian Border Force officers made the shock discovery after intercepting three packages that arrived at the Sydney Gateway Facility mail centre from the United States in November last year.
They then launched an investigation into the packages and ended up seizing a total of 5.83kg of methylamphetamine and 655 grams of cocaine, which had been concealed in 16 parcels bound for the Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Macquarie Park, Chatswood and Ryde.
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The seizures, which police say have an estimated potential street value of $3.5 million, included methylamphetamine packaged as lollipops and cocaine pressed as lollies.
Northern Beaches Police Area Commander Superintendent Patrick Sharkey said the drugs posed a “significant risk” to the community.
“The manufacturing and packaging of these drugs was sophisticated and they could have easily been mistaken for the sweets they were disguised as by both children and adults,” Superintendent Sharkey.
“It is very concerning given the drugs were uncut and had a potency that could potentially cause serious injury or death if ingested.”
Three men, aged 21, 31 and 49, were arrested at homes in Dee Why, Macquarie Park, and Collaroy Plateau in early morning raids on Wednesday.
They were taken to Manly Police Station, where inquiries are continuing.