DVD cases hide drug importation attempt
Customs and Border Protection officers have foiled a novel attempt to smuggle nine packages of drugs into Australia within DVD cases.
The drugs were detected when Customs and Border Protection officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility selected and x-rayed the packages from the Netherlands on 27 June 2012.
During x-ray screening, officers noticed anomalies in the images of the parcels. When they examined the contents, they discovered an assortment of drugs concealed in DVD cases.
The goods were in plain packaging marked with the logo of a well known company in an attempt to avoid Customs and Border Protection’s scrutiny.
The packages contained 50 grams of MDMA, 21 grams of cocaine and 60 tabs of LSD. There is no suggestion the company whose markings were on the parcel were in any way associated with the importation attempt.
Customs and Border Protection National Manager Cargo Operations, Jagtej Singh, said this seizure demonstrates the effectiveness of Customs and Border Protection’s international mail screening processes and the use of technology.
“While criminals work hard to find ways to circumvent our borders, Customs and Border Protection is working hard to stay ahead of these threats. This is an example of where the packaging was used as an attempt to camouflage criminal activity.
“Customs and Border Protection remains focused on intercepting illicit drugs and the detection should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get around our stringent checks on goods coming into Australia,” he said.
The maximum penalty for an offence of this type is a fine of $250 000 and/or 10 years imprisonment.
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Images of the detection are available in the image gallery on the Customs and Border Protection website.