Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have arrested a 20-year-old who has been accused of importing an illegal substance found inside a consignment containing wedding invitations.
- The illegal substance was found inside wedding invitations in February 2020
- Man arrested in Sydney on Tuesday
- Accused faces 25-years imprisonment and/or fine of $1,050,000
‘On February 20, 2020, ABF officers examined an air cargo consignment containing wedding invitations and dresses. On closer inspection, the officers identified small plastic bags in the lining of the wedding invitations
which contained a white substance.
‘The substance tested positive to pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is an illegal precursor which is commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine or “ice”,’ the ABF said in a release on Wednesday.
On July 21, 2020, ABF officers with the assistance of NSW Police, arrested
a 20-year-old man from Bexley.
‘Mobile phones and other devices were seized by the ABF for further examination at all three properties,’ the ABF said.
The man has been charged with one count of intentionally importing into Australia a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, namely
Pseudoephedrine, without approval, one count of contravening request in s201A order, being for a serious offence, and one count of hindering Commonwealth official.
The 20-year-old man appeared at Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday where he was granted bail. He will reappear in court on September 14, 2020.
‘The maximum penalty he could face for importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor is 25 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,050,000,’ the ABF said.
Crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, is a synthetic stimulant drug and a variant of methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine typically comes in three different forms (ice, base and speed) that vary in their appearance and potency.
Crystal methamphetamine is one of the most potent varieties of the drug and is usually colourless and odourless.
The name ‘ice’ comes from the drug’s form of white little ‘crystals’ and glass-like appearance.
The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 5.8% or 1.2 million Australians over the age of 14 had ever
used methamphetamine (including ice, speed or base) and 1.3% reported recent use (in the past 12 months).