According to a press release from New Zealand-based news website Foreign Affairs, Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) intercepted a shipment of toner cartridges full of methamphetamine and charged a 27 year old woman with importing approximately 7 kilograms of the illegal drug.
The drugs were discovered when the ACBPS intercepted a shipment of the toner cartridges at the Sydney Air Cargo facility. On closer inspection, the toner cartridges were found to contain the drug instead of toner powder.
Two days later, a similar package was intercepted. All of the boxes were addressed to the same recipient.
In a joint operation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the ACBPS began an investigation into the recipient and conducted a controlled delivery of the suspicious toner cartridges to an address in Melbourne. There they arrested a 27 year old female Hong Kong national ‘following her receipt and access of the packages’.
According to Scott Lee, AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime, parcel post is an avenue of drug smuggling that law enforcement agencies are aware of and that both the AFP and the ACBPS ‘are committed to targeting importations of illicit substances on every scale’.