Drugs seized at Brisbane and Sydney airports over the weekend

About 15 kilograms of pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine has been seized by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Brisbane and Sydney international airports over the weekend.

In Sydney, ABF officers seized 11.6 kilograms of pseudoephedrine  following the examination of various food products which revealed elaborate concealments.

The seizure follows the original detection by biosecurity officers from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, who referred the matter to the ABF for further examination.

The drugs were found on a passenger returning from Vietnam. The passenger was carrying various food products, including 18 containers labelled ‘chicken powder, coffee and ice tea’.

ABF officers inspected one container which revealed a plastic bag with powder inside, with testing returning positive readings for pseudoephedrine. The remaining 17 containers where opened and further powder substances found.

The passenger was arrested and taken to a local police station where bail was granted.

In Brisbane, ABF officers detected 2-3 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in a  passenger’s bag arriving from the United States. The bag was drilled and a powder substance was exposed, which later tested positive for the drug.

Speaking of the detection in Sydney, ABF Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald, said the Australian Government continues to target border crime, with the referral by biosecurity officers to the ABF ensuring all corners of the border are protected.

“This is a clear example of how Australia’s border agencies are working together to prevent crimes that pose real risk to our community,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“Biosecurity staff did a great job in referring these goods to ABF officers, resuling in these drugs being kept off our streets. The ABF works hard to protect our borders, and our close cooperation and engagement with partner agencies ensures we are well-placed to detect the smuggling of ilicit drugs at our airports, seaports, international mail centres and through air cargo.”

The matter of the methamphetamine seizure has been referred on to the Australian Federal Police for further investigation and if appropriate prosecution. The ABF is further investigating the pseudoephedrine seizure.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244

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