Drug deal to the doorstep

The Advertiser - - ISSUES - NICK HANSEN

DEADLY nar­cotics are be­ing de­liv­ered through the post to home doorsteps – and author­i­ties ad­mit the brazen method of drug deal­ing is so pro­lific it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to stop.

A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by News Corp re­porters has ex­posed how wide­spread this seem­ingly old-school but tech­ni­cally bril­liant crim­i­nal ploy has be­come.

In one hour, we saw a sin­gle Aus­tralia Border Force of­fi­cer de­tect nine drug pack­ages.

They use a com­bi­na­tion of X-ray machines, snif­fer dogs, chem­i­cal swabs and old-fash­ioned nous, like hon­ing in on cer­tain coun­tries of ori­gin, to find the se­creted stashes. The drugs can be hid­den in birth­day cards, me­chan­i­cal parts or even cute chil­dren’s lolly bags.

Across 10 days over Christ­mas, of­fi­cers at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Mail Gate­way in Granville found an as­tound­ing 100kg of nar­cotics.

In a sin­gle year, they de­tect about 20,000 il­le­gal drug pack­ages. Coun­try of ori­gin, the way mail is ad­dressed and in-

Of­fi­cers may in­ter­cept the mail, but pros­e­cut­ing buy­ers is al­most im­pos­si­ble

Pic­tures: DAMIAN SHAW

NABBED: Aus­tralian border force of­fi­cer Marie checks a pack­age from over­seas and finds 100g of am­phet­a­mines in­side a a trac­tor part, below, at the Aus­tralia Post fa­cil­ity in Granville, Syd­ney. This packet of lol­lies, below right, con­tained eight...

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