Drugs mailed inside teddy bear
Police have arrested 25 people in the last week for allegedly mailing drugs around Australia hidden in different items, including a teddy bear.
n what is called the National Week of Action, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) joined with Customs to target the importation of drugs like heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.
The AFP says it seized 145 parcels and 73 kilograms of drugs.
The teddy bear was used to hide a new drug called "miaow", which has been likened to ecstasy.
The AFP says is is becoming increasingly concerned about "miaow", which is also known as 4-MMC.
Almost 20 kilograms of the drug were seized this week but Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zuccato says the drug has been linked to deaths and can prompt self-mutilation.
"Its effects are similar to that of ecstasy or cocaine, but the coming down effects are a little bit more subtle," he said.
"And so therefore it's attractive to young people and it's certainly making its mark in the clubbing scene.
"But it does on occassion result in psychosis, there have been reports of individuals self-mutilating themselves and there have been reports of deaths."
Twenty-three people have been arrested in Australia and another three in South America.
February 12 2009
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