A WESTERN Sydney man has been charged for allegedly attempting to import a variety of illicit drugs, including a synthetic opioid, via air cargo.
The drugs, which were allegedly sold on the dark web, were concealed in a variety of items, including cookware, toy cars and a blackjack set.
The first consignment contained 133 tablets of MDMA, 100 tablets of oxycodone, and 97 tablets of an analogue of nitazene, a synthetic opioid that police say can be more potent than fentanyl.
The second and third consignments contained a total of 60 grams of MDMA, 25 grams of ketamine, 15 grams of meth and 14 grams of heroin.
The ABF alerted the AFP, and on 19 May the AFP raided a Greenfield Park address where the packages were allegedly sent.
The AFP seized items, including kitchen scales and spoons with white residue, zip lock bags, and a fake ID card.
Police allege the intended recipient of the drugs was a Greenfield Park resident, 23.
The AFP will allege he engaged in regular encrypted communications with two other people based in the UK, to import border-controlled drugs and traffic them in Australia.
The man first faced court on 20 May, charged with one count of attempting to import a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs. The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years.
ABF Superintendent Asha Patwardhan said no suspicious parcel is immune from officer intuition, targeting and examination at our ports of entry.
“Officer training and intuition are key pillars in being able to detect illicit substances at our border, no matter how sophisticated the concealment method may be,” Supt Patwardhan said.
“Thanks to collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we have managed to remove a cocktail of drugs off our streets and prevent this criminal syndicate from further operating in our backyard.”
AFP Detective Superintendent Craig Bellis said People who use illicit drugs can never be certain what they are ingesting and opioids, even in small doses, can be fatal.
“That is why the AFP works closely with ABF and other partners to disrupt the illicit drug supply chain and protect the community,” Det-Supt Bellis said.