Media Release: Illicit drugs found in ceramic home wares

Release Date: Saturday, April 28 2012, 12:50 PM

This is a joint media release between the AFP and Customs and Border Protection

A 47-year-old Clemton Park man and a 63-year-old Hong Kong woman are scheduled to appear in the Parramatta Local Court today, charged with attempting to possess 2.9 kilograms of methamphetamine.

On 21 April 2012 Australian Customs and Border Protection officers at the Sydney International Mail Gateway Facility selected two consignments for examination. 

The consignments arrived from Hong Kong and further inspection of the two consignments revealed numerous ceramic home wares containing several plastic bags of a white crystalline substance. 

Initial testing of the substance returned a positive result of methamphetamine. 

Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The matter was referred to the AFP and on Friday, 27 April 2012 the AFP searched a number of premises in Clemton Park, Haymarket and Campsie. Officers seized a further small quantity of a white crystalline substance, mobile phones and a laptop computer.

The AFP subsequently charged the man and the woman with:

  • Attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment. 

 

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