When Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Sydney Airport examined the contents of a bottle of duty-free cognac being carried by a passenger, they found it contained something rather stronger than cognac.
They say one and a half litres of methylamphetamine – the drug sometimes called crystal meth or ice – was stored in the bottle.
ABF offices made the discovery earlier this week in baggage carried by a 43-year-old woman from Hong Kong.
She seemed to be acting nervously so a sharp-eyed ABF officer decided to investigate. The woman’s baggage was subsequently examined and officers identified “a number of anomalies” with the bottle of cognac. According to an official photo (shown here), the bottle and packaging bears a picture of a young woman in multi-coloured, vaguely psychedelic mode.
Initial testing of the cognac bottle was positive for methylamphetamine.
The woman, who was transferred to the custody of the Australian Federal Police for further investigation, has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs, namely methamphetamine, contrary to Section 307.2 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code 1995.
ABF Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald credited the seizure to the diligent ABF officer identifying a high-risk passenger who was attempting to circumvent Australia’s border controls.
“The ABF is committed to preventing these harmful substances reaching the Australian community. Our systems and our officers are primed to detect suspicious behaviour and disrupt drug importation through our airports,” Commander Fitzgerald said.
Edited by Peter Needham