Two arrested and meth in cans of coconut milk seized

Liquid meth in cans of coconut cream

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

Editor's note: Vision of the consignment is available via Hightail.

Two people have been arrested in Western Sydney and an estimated 600 litres of liquid methamphetamine concealed inside cans of coconut milk has been seized.

In August 2020, an air freight consignment with 86 boxes of coconut milk cans arrived into Sydney from Thailand.

Australian Border Force (ABF) members examined the consignment and upon identifying anomalies, tested the liquid from one of the cans, which returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The matter was referred to the AFP and an investigation began.

On Wednesday evening (9 September 2020), AFP officers conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to a warehouse in the suburb of Girraween, NSW where a 29-year-old woman and 20-year-old man were arrested after taking delivery of the consignment.

They were each charged with one count of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to subsection 307.5(1) by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

The total weight of the drugs is still being determined, but is estimated to be approximately 600 litres of liquid methamphetamine.

AFP Detective Superintendent Geoffrey Turner said the dedicated officers working on this investigation are continuing enquiries into the source of the drugs and have not ruled out further arrests.

"We are still investigating this matter to determine the role of everyone involved in this large scale importation of liquid methamphetamine."  

"We will also liaise with our international partners to try and identify the organised crime syndicate behind this importation – only a well-resourced organised crime syndicate would be able to finance and facilitate an importation of this scale," Det. Supt. Turner said.

ABF Acting NSW Regional Commander Matthew O'Connor said this is a large detection of methamphetamine in an air cargo consignment and demonstrates the commitment of ABF officers to protect the Australia border.

"This is a clever concealment but our highly-trained officers come across tens-of-thousands of packages a week and they know if something isn't right," Acting Commander O'Connor said.

"No matter how criminals try to conceal their drugs, ABF officers have the technology and skills to find them and the penalties can be severe."

The man and woman were refused bail at Sydney Central Local Court yesterday (10 September 2020). Their next court date is 4 November 2020.

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