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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    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


  1. Love4TheWeekend
    Re: Drugs mailed inside teddy bear

    That poor bear must have really felt like hacking an arm off with 20 kilos of ecstasy-like self-mutilation-inducing miaow miaow stuffed inside of him.

  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Drugs mailed inside teddy bear

    Australia seizes illegal drug shipment

    SYDNEY, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Australian police say they seized more than 44 pounds of a drug that produces effects similar to cocaine and ecstasy.

    The popular party drug miaow was among about 154 pounds of drugs sent through the mail that Australian Federal Police seized Friday, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports.

    Paul Dillon of Australia's Drug and Alcohol Research and Training agency says it is likely the intercepted miaow was intended to be used as a bulking agent for other drugs and probably would not have been sold in its original form.

    Dillon said drug dealers could probably make more money by combining it with ecstasy.

    Kevin Zuccato, assistant commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, said miaow is a dangerous drug.

    It has been linked to psychotic episodes, self-harm incidents and some deaths.

    Miaow is legal in the United Kingdom, where it can be ordered over the Internet.

    Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM

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