West Australian News –
A man has been charged after allegedly importing a child’s toy stuffed full of methamphetamine from the United States.
Australian Federal Police have arrested and charged the 25-year-old for his role in the operation that imported 276 grams of the illicit drug — worth over $276,000 in WA.
The Dianella man allegedly received a stuff toy llama — disguised as a Christmas present — aware the drugs were inside.
NSW Australian Boarder Force alerted the AFP after finding a white crystalline substance hidden inside the llama on January 3 — sparking an investigation into the drug importation.
AFP officers replaced the illicit drug with an inert substance before covertly delivering the package to it’s designated address in Leeming on January 12 — the 25-year-old man then allegedly collected the package and took it to his Dianella home.
He is then alleged to have ripped open the llama in a bid to find the drugs.
The children’s toy was among other items disguised as presents that arrived from the US.
AFP officers searched the man’s home where it is alleged he set fire to some of the contents in the package after finding the drugs.
Detective Sergeant Gabrielle Adam said that no amount of illicit drugs is acceptable in the community.
“The potential penalty shows how seriously this offence is taken by the Government and authorities,” he said.
“We will do what we can to prevent these drugs from causing harm in our communities and prosecute those involved in the illicit trade.”
Det. Sgt Adam warned of the potential dangers of meth use and the harm it causes.
“It is linked to other crimes including assaults and robberies, and any driver impaired by this substance is a danger to everyone else on the roads,” he said.
Australian Border Force Superintendent of NSW international mail John Fleming said ABF officers are always on high alert.
“Our officers are stationed at every international port across Australia, they are experts at intercepting illicit drugs no matter the size of the concealment or where criminals attempt to hide them, this detection is yet another example of their great work,” Superintendent Fleming said.
The 25-year-old was charged with attempting to possess a marketable quantity of a boarder controlled drug which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment.
The man is expected to appear in Perth’s Magistrate Court today.Drug Importation Interdiction International News Meth