Liquid methamphetamine imported in food tins seized


In a joint operation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF), three litres of liquid methamphetamine was seized. The importation to Australia was done via international mail. A Hong Kong national and a Malaysian national have been charged for their involvement in allegedly importing liquid methamphetamine.

Investigation in this case started when ABF officers examined an air cargo consignment from Hong Kong labelled food items. This was done on the basis information received from reliable sources. The Australian Border Force inspected the packets labelled as food containing peach tins.

The tins on examination showed sign of tampering. Liquid contents in the tin were send for further chemical analysis. Analysis results indicated a positive result for methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine according to national Institute on Drug Abuse, – is a very addictive stimulant drug. It is a powder that can be made into a pill or a shiny rock (called a crystal). The powder can be eaten or snorted up the nose. It can also be mixed with liquid and injected into your body with a needle. Crystal meth is smoked in a small glass pipe.

Effect of this drug vary,  first causes a rush of good feelings, but then users feel edgy, overly excited, angry, or afraid. Meth use can quickly lead to addiction. Negative effects of the drug include medical problems including making your body temperature so high that you pass out, Severe itching, “Meth mouth” – broken teeth and dry mouth and thinking and emotional problems.

On the basis of the test results, the matter was then referred to the Australian Federal Police. Following this Australian Federal Police found out that 21-year-old female Hong Kong national attempted to take possession of the consignment at a residence in Granville, NSW.

On the basis of the proof gathered, she was subsequently arrested. She was then charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).