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Cognac and shampoo bottles hid sinister secret at airport

June 3, 2015 Airport, Headline News 2 Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59When 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.Banner-Family(JPG)250x250

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

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Martin Wright says:

    This is another good reason to only allow the purchase of duty free alcohol at the airport of arrival!

    Other reasons include:

    Stops passengers consuming their own alcohol on board without restriction (responsible service of alcohol)

    Restricts the quantity of flammable liquid in case of emergency landing

    Reduces the chance of someone being struck on the head by falling bottles while loading/unloading overhead lockers

    Removes the risk of someone using a glass bottle as an offensive weapon on board – why do they bother with miniature swiss army knives when you could arm yourself with a broken bottle?

    Additional weight that has to be carried on the airlines that consumes more fuel

    passengers don’t have to carry extra hand baggage

  2. Carlo Irlitti says:

    Many good points there Martin. Some I agree with. Unfortunately many won’t be adhered to. Some of us purchase our alcohol duty free in Singapore Airport with Changi Dollars and won’t spend in Oz. Most (decent people) wouldn’t drink onboard to avoid having their half bottles confiscated or charged for duty, but as you’ve hinted they may be someone who could be irresponsible. That is always a problem. As for weapons, there are stainless steel knives and forks available on board so there wouldn’t be any need for broken glass. And that is scary!

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