When Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers at Melbourne Airport decided to investigate a bottle of shampoo and two bottles of cognac last week, they weren’t after hair-wash liquid or alcohol.
Examination showed the three bottles contained almost two-and-a-half litres of liquid methamphetamine.
ACBPS officers seized the three bottles from the luggage of a 21-year-old Hong Kong national after conducting a baggage examination and noticing the liquid inside the shampoo bottle was inconsistent with shampoo.
Further examinations revealed the two bottles of cognac contained the same substance as the shampoo bottle.
Initial testing of the substance indicated a positive result for methamphetamine, a chemical which when crystallised becomes the drug known as crystal meth, or “ice”.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
ACBPS Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania, Don Smith, said the detection demonstrates the determination of the Customs and Border Protection officers to stopping drugs at the border.
“Methamphetamine is a scourge which destroys lives and tears apart families and our officers are doing everything possible to ensure it never reaches our streets,” Smith said.
“Every seizure counts. Every arrest counts. Today, because of this detection, our community is a little bit safer.”
The man has been referred to the Australian Federal Police for further investigation.
Edited by Peter Needham