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$43 million of meth disguised as hair products

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  1. SmokeTwibz

    Customs officers in NSW have seized 72 litres of liquid methamphetamine disguised as shampoo and hair dye with a street value of up to $43 million and arrested two men.

    Customs officers intercepted the liquid in a consignment of hairdressing equipment imported from China last weekend.

    They detected the methamphetamine after X-raying a pallet of shampoo, conditioner and hair colouring products.

    "We have disrupted the activities of a drug syndicate and prevented methamphetamine arriving on Australian streets," said Australian Federal Police (AFP) Sydney office manager Ray Johnson.

    "It's a significant impact on organised crime."

    After the arrival of the drugs in Sydney, the AFP allowed the products to be delivered under surveillance and arrested two men on Friday morning.

    They would not disclose where the arrests were made for operational reasons.

    A 35-year-old man and a 43-year-old man, both Hong Kong nationals, were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of illicit drugs.

    They were due to appear in court in Sydney on Friday.

    In the last financial year, police and customs seized a total of 4.8 tonnes of illicit drugs, with a street value of $1.6 billion, Mr Johnson said.

    The NSW manager of Customs' container examination facility, Paul Willard, said they were aware of the different ways criminals attempted to avoid detection of drugs.

    "Criminals should be aware that we have the examination skills, supported by cutting-edge technology, to detect even the most sophisticated concealments," he said in a statement.

    The maximum penalty for offences such as these is life imprisonment and/or a $1.275 million fine.

    The investigation is continuing and police have not ruled out further arrests.

    AAP
    May 17, 2013 | Syndey Morning Herald
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/43m-of-meth-disguised-as-hair-products-customs-20130517-2jr3l.html

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    My name is Jason Jones. I'm from Rochester, MN and I'm 35 years old. I scrap metal and work as grounds keeper at a local trailer park. In the winter, I shovel a bunch of driveways and sidewalks to make some extra money and to stay busy. In my free time, I try to find interesting articles about the war on drugs that I can post on Drugs-Forum, so that the information can reach a wider audience.

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  1. BitterSweet
    Good article, reminds me of the TV show Locked Up Abroad which I've been watching non-stop lately. It's interesting to see how people try to be indiscreet and package things to get through customs. I watched one episode of Locked Up Abroad where the guy had tons and tons of hair spray bottles filled with cocaine. When he was going through customs, the customs officer looked at all the cans and then right before he told the guy he was good to go, another customs officer came over and said the hair products couldn't be shipped because they were flammable, and that's when it was discovered there was cocaine concealed in all the hair product bottles. I was just thinking how dumb a person would be to think that would work. First, it's really suspicious for a guy to be carrying only shit loads of hair products, and if a customers officer or anyone would try and spray the bottles, nothing would come out anyway. Maybe a person could get away does this with a few cans, but on a mass scale, no way.
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