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AFP seize 50kg of methamphetamine embedded in plastic pallets

15 September 2023, 10:10am
Media Release

AFP seize 50kg of methamphetamine embedded in plastic pallets

Editor’s Note: Images of the seizure are available via hightail

The AFP has seized an estimated 50kg of methamphetamine found impregnated within five blue plastic pallets.

On 1 August, 2023, Australian Border Force officers conducted a routine examination of a shipping container that had recently arrived into Sydney from Iran. An examination of the pallets indicated the presence of methamphetamine, with the AFP then seizing the consignment.

Further forensic testing will determine the purity of the methamphetamine and no charges have been laid at this stage as the investigation continues.

Detective Acting Superintendent Jeremy Staunton said the AFP works closely with the ABF and other partner agencies to ensure Australia remains a hostile environment for criminal syndicates.

“Criminals may work hard to plan and execute elaborate schemes, but the AFP and its partner agencies work harder to detect concealments of any nature,” he said.

“We are urging anyone who may have any knowledge or information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via”

Methamphetamine impregnated within the pallet material


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