Snow luck for smugglers in Sydney

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Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in Sydney have discovered liquid methamphetamine worth more than A$1 million concealed in a consignment of Canadian snow globes.

ABF Aviation Goods officers targeted the consignment of 15 snow globes after arrival from Canada. The knick-knacks were X-rayed and subject to further examination, with substance identification testing of the liquid inside returning a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.

The detection was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for further investigation.

Danielle Yannopoulos, ABF regional commander NSW, said the detection highlighted the significant role ABF officers play in protecting the community from illicit substances.

“Our officers work tirelessly to prevent these harmful drugs from making it into Australian communities, and I’m proud of the results they continue to achieve,” Commander Yannopoulos said.

“The ABF has invested heavily in our technological capability in recent years and we can see further into every package than ever before.

“Our officers continue to prove, time and time again, that criminals who attempt to hide these substances in new and imaginative ways are wasting their time. It doesn’t matter how clever you think your concealment is – we can find it.”

In the 2017-18 financial year ABF processed more than 50 million air cargo consignments.