Coronavirus PPE and hand sanitiser used to smuggle meth haul

In May 2020, Australian Border Force officers intercepted two hauls methamphetamine concealed in COVID-19 supply shipments.

In the first instance, nearly two
kilograms of meth was impounded following an inspection of a package from Canada on May 6 2020, labelled ‘medicine and clothing’. The package contained face masks, bottles of hand sanitiser and a black vacuum-sealed bag concealed in the box’s false bottom. The crystal-like substance inside the bag tested positive to methamphetamine.

Two days later, a second package from Canada was intercepted containing the same COVID-19 equipment. On this occasion the meth was concealed in hand sanitiser bottles.

ABF Superintendent John Fleming said it came as no surprise criminals were trying to use in-demand items such as masks and hand sanitiser to smuggle drugs into Australia.

“We are continuing to detect and stop illicit substances coming into Australia, no matter how they’re being concealed.” he said.