Brisbane woman charged over dangerous drug parcel post imports

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This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force.

A 32-year-old Brisbane woman is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today in relation to drug importation and trafficking offences following a joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF).

On Friday, 22 December 2017 ABF officers detected a small amount of MDMA in a parcel consignment from the United Kingdom to an address in Brisbane.

A few weeks later (Thursday, 4 January 2018) ABF officers detected another package from the United Kingdom containing Fentanyl to the same consignee.

The matters were referred to the AFP for investigation and search warrants were executed on a residential premises in Brisbane on Friday, 2 February 2018 resulting in the seizure of further quantities of MDMA, LSD, Dimethylthyltrytamine (DMT) and Oxycodone.

The woman was subsequently arrested and charged with:

  • Two counts of importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely Fentanyl and MDMA contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995
  • Four counts of importing a border controlled drug, namely MDMA and Cannabis contrary to section 307.3 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995
  • Nine counts of state related offences under Qld Drugs Misuse Act 1986.

 

Police will allege the woman used a dark web portal and crypto-currency Bitcoin to order, pay and organise multiple shipments of illicit drugs from United Kingdom. 

AFP Commander Justine Gough, Manager Crime Operations said Australians are using any means at their disposal to bring illicit and harmful substances like Fentanyl and MDMA into our communities and homes.

“The appeal of these illicit drugs is a serious concern to the AFP and we want to remind the public that taking these substances, often from an unknown origin, can be extremely dangerous for your health, with potential serious side effects, even death,” Commander Gough said.

“These detections and the subsequent investigation is a clear example of how our agencies will continue to work together to combat the supply of illicit and dangerous drugs into our communities.” 

ABF Regional Commander Queensland, Terry Price, said people shouldn’t assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies.

“Through close collaboration with our law enforcement partners we are able to detect imports purchased through these sites,” Regional Commander Price said

“We continue to refine our targeting and testing to make sure this deadly drug doesn’t make its way into the hands of Australian users but people ultimately need to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.”

The woman is scheduled to appear at Brisbane Magistrate’s Court today (Friday, 13 April 2018).

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