UK Man Attempts to Import MDMA in Bath Salts
A 29-year-old United Kingdom man has been caught attempting to import over two kilograms of MDMA (ecstasy) in bath salts.
Australian Customs and Border Protection (ACBPS) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination when he arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi on 29 May 2014.
During the examination, officers found five tins of bath salts in the man’s luggage which contained a brown crystallised substance. Initial testing of the substance returned a positive result for MDMA.
ACBPS Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald, said the drug concealment was particularly elaborate and showed the lengths people go to in order to smuggle drugs into Australia.
“Stopping drugs at the border is of the highest priority and ACBPS officers are always alert to people trying to illegally import drugs, no matter the concealment,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police who charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
AFP Sydney Airport Police Commander Wayne Buchhorn said Australian authorities remain vigilant to prevent this and other dangerous substances from entering the country.
“People bringing these drugs into Australia can be as creative as they like with their concealment, but the AFP and its partner agencies have a track record of identifying and adapting to trends, leading to arrests and disruptions,” Commander Buchhorn said.
The man was scheduled to appear before the Sydney Central Local Court on 30 May 2014.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service