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Man and woman charged over alleged importation of liquid methamphetamine

A man and a woman have been arrested and charged after they allegedly tried to import three litres of liquid methamphetamine through the mail.

Australian Federal Police said the operation to apprehend the suspects began in early March after Australian Border Force officers examined an air
cargo consignment from Hong Kong that claimed to contain food items.

Further examination of the shipment resulted in the discovery of tins of peaches that had allegedly been tampered with. Testing of the liquid returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

On Thursday, the 21-year-old woman, a Hong Kong national, tried to take possession of the shipment at a house in Granville, in Sydney's west.

She was subsequently charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.

On Friday, the 22-year-old man, a Malaysian national, was also arrested after he visited the house to access the shipment.

He was charged with the same offence as the woman. Both face a possible life sentence.

The man is due to appear in Parramatta court on Saturday.

The woman appeared in court on Friday and was remanded to appear on May 18.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/man-...mphetamine-20160318-gnm875.html#ixzz43KIYNpK9
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Drug dealers working in Sydney’s lockout zones are being arrested in record numbers

DEALERS peddling party drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine in Sydney’s lockout zone are being arrested in record numbers since the laws were introduced.

Arrests for dealing cocaine have more than doubled since the lockout laws came into effect, while arrests for ecstasy dealers jumped by 92 per cent.

Almost 40 cocaine dealers were arrested between September 2012 and September 2013 in the lockout zone, compared to 77 between September 2014 and September 2015.


More than 135 people were busted dealing ecstasy, up from 71 before the lockouts.

Most arrests happened between 6pm and 6am, including the period after 1.30am where partygoers were being locked out of clubs and pubs.

Arrests for dealing narcotics, which includes drugs such as heroin and methadone, have jumped by 64 per cent, while arrests for using or possessing ecstasy have risen by more than 10 per cent.

St Vincent’s Hospital director of emergency Gordian Fulde said the number of people presenting for party drug overdoses had not declined.

“Things like ice and heroin are definitely increasing and as far as the party drugs like ecstasy and cocaine, there definitely hasn’t been a decrease,” Professor Fulde said.

Kings Cross LAC Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald said the arrests had gone up because the reduction in alcohol-fuelled violence had enabled him to bolster the local drug squad.

“We’ve increased our drug unit from three to eight as we’ve got more resources to throw at drugs at the moment,” Supt Fitzgerald said.


“Clubs and nightclubs are still having thousands go through every Saturday night, it’s far from dead.

“(But) we’re not tied up with investigating assault and grievous bodily harm charges.”

However, Kings Cross Liquor Accord chief Doug Grand said the drug statistics were “worrying”.

“They’re not going to stop partying,” Mr Grand said.

“If you look at pre-lockout, people would go out and party up until 5am or 6am.

“The fact they don’t want to end their night means they’re taking more party drugs.

“That’s a worry.”


Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...s/news-story/161d8269f7af0e649e103dfa877b2723
Man arrested over cocaine lab at Lismore

A 61-year-old man has been charged over a clandestine drug laboratory in Lismore Heights which police raided last year and believed to be used for manufacturing cocaine.

The man was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) at a flat in East Lismore and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 16 May.

On 8 July last year , officers from the Richmond Local Area Command Target Action Group (TAG) executed a search warrant at a home on High Street, Lismore, following investigations into the supply of drugs in the Lismore area,

At the home, police allegedly found a clandestine drug laboratory. A crime scene was established.

On 9 July last year, police from the Chemical Operations Unit helped by Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT officers, examined the premises.

A number of items used in the alleged manufacture of drugs, believed to be cocaine, were seized.

Police say all items have undergone forensic examination, confirming the existence of the first known cocaine extraction facility in NSW.

Thai police arrest 21 Malaysians in ‘largest drug bust’ in 3 years


THAI police have arrested 21 Malaysian men for attempting to smuggle drugs worth 4 billion baht (US$113 mil) out of Bangkok via train.

According to Associated Press, the arrests were made after finding large quantities of crystal meth in their luggage. The group were on a train heading towards Butterworth in northern Malaysia.

Local media reports the bust as being the largest made in over three years, with 226kg (498 pounds) of crystal meth and 8kg (18 pounds) of heroin seized.

Police Lt. Gen. Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak, the commissioner of Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau, said authorities acted on a tip that couriers would attempt to transport a large quantity of drugs on the train traveling from the Thai capital to Malaysia on Wednesday night.

He said the narcotics had come from northern Thailand, which is known as a transit point for drugs coming out of Burma (Myanmar).

A local newspaper, The Nation, quoted him saying that that the gang had used the train as it was deemed to be less risky than cars, which are subjected to checkpoints on route to their destination.

He said one suspect had admitted to being the ring leader of the group.

The arrests came following a tip-off, with initial arrests being made on a train from Bangkok to Padang Besar at 5pm on Wednesday, taking in two suspects, who were found in possession of 34kg of “ice” and some heroin. The two men were stopped at the Ratchaburi Station, and another three accomplices were pulled off at the Hua Hin Station and were found to be in possession of 23kg of methamphetamine.

Police proceeded to search the train the men had boarded and found another 74kg of meth, which led to the arrests of seven men. The seven, according to the report, were detained at Prachuap Khiri Khan Station. Another three arrests were made at the Surat Thani Station.

Another six Malaysians travelling in a passenger van in Hatyai were arrested in a follow-up operation, one of which is suspected to be linked to those arrested in the earlier bust.

The authorities are said to be on the lookout for Thai accomplices.

Source: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016...5-malaysians-in-largest-drug-bust-in-3-years/
The firing squad is going to have a field day :( Even corruption can't get you out of this large of a raid.
If you look at the packages they look like they could of been Easter presents
It would be great to witness a top mathematician showing the equation for how long that 18 lbs would actually last with tolerance figured in.
It would be great to witness a top mathematician showing the equation for how long that 18 lbs would actually last with tolerance figured in.

But then it gets stamped on etc...Bit hard to work out.
Ahh the wrapping paper present smuggling technique. bound to fail every time. Poor smugglers. Ever notice that a large number of reported upon busts in many Asian countries are always of foreigners? looks like a bunch of kids. Sure execute a bunch of kids who were undoubtedly prayed upon due to poverty. We better see the pictures of that shit going up in smoke or we know where it went!

Interesting most are unopened? How do they know there are drugs in there? Maybe authorities are planning on taking some presents home for themselves.. maybe they already did?
I've travelled and lived in that part of the world for many Years. They're probably innocent knowing the way South - East Asian justice works?? They probably just grabbed the nearest 'down and outs', put them on show trial to convince the public that they're serious about implementing their 'zero tolerance drugs laws'

More lives ruined, and more money wasted by this phoney 'War on Drugs'
Knowing Thailand like i do there is no way all that meth will be destroyed. It will be resold. The tip off would have come from the person that owned the drugs in the first place. This often happens. That way the cops get their bust for the media, the supplier of the drugs gets his goods back and safely to its destination after a brief detour. Its the way Thailand works.
Coast Guard Captures Drug-Smuggling Sub; 6 Tons Of Coke Seized

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) – An Alameda-based Coast Guard cutter has captured a drug-smuggling submarine-like vessel off the coast of Panama, arresting four crewmen aboard and seizing more than 12,800 pounds of cocaine, authorities announced Monday.

The Cutter Bertholf was alerted to the sub by a Customs and Border Protection aircraft flying over the region on March 3rd.

Two two interceptor boats were launched and the semisubmersible (SPSS) was boarded. Inside was stashed more than $203 million worth of cocaine.

“Transnational organized crime groups continue to adjust their tactics to avoid detection indicated by a recent rise in the use of SPSS vessels,” said Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander, Pacific Area. “Despite these efforts, we will continue to execute an offensive strategy that targets, attacks and disrupts these dangerous criminal networks.”

Since June 2015, the Coast Guard has seized five SPSS vessels.

According to the Coast Guard, the vessels are constructed for illicit trafficking with a mostly submerged hull; a cockpit and exhaust pipe are visible just above water.

The vessels are extremely difficult to detect and stop because of their low-profile.

“They’ve been using this type of conveyance for a few years now. What we’ve seen in the last couple of years since we’ve concentrated our effort is we’re putting more pressure on them. And so we’ve had better results since 2014 because of the pressure we’ve put on them,” Ray said at a press briefing Monday morning.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland seized an SPSS approximately 280 miles southwest of the Mexican-Guatemalan border in January. The suspects in that case scuttled the smuggling vessel as Coast Guardsmen arrived at the scene but were apprehended.

“SPSS interdictions are inherently dangerous, yet we persevere to disrupt the funding sources of illicit organizations causing violence and instability in Central America,” said Capt. Laura Collins, commanding officer of the Cutter Bertholf.

Coast Guardsmen from Bertholf entered the seized vessels numerous times to retrieve the drugs and evidence.

Wouldn't it be ironic if while they were apprehending the sub an even bigger sub was going underneath them?