Smugglers Hide Illegal Drugs In Hand Sanitizer Bottles
SMUGGLERS – Drug smugglers took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to hide illegal substances in shipments of face masks and hand sanitizers.
Drug smugglers have the most bizarre methods just to transport illegal drugs in different parts of their world. Wealthy drug addicts pay a lot of money just to satisfy their bad habits.
The authorities are doing their best to intercept these shipments. Sadly, drug traffickers have variety and clever ways to hide their cargos.
Based on a report from CNN, Australian authorities said drug traffickers took advantage of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to hide their illegal drug shipment. They said they used face mask and hand sanitizer bottles to hide the illegal substance.
According to the report, Australian Border Force (ABF) Superintendent John Fleming said they found two kilograms of illegal substances hidden in hand sanitizer bottled. This kind of essential item is in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know criminals will go to any length to smuggle drugs into the country, so it’s no surprise they’re trying to use in-demand items such as masks and hand sanitizer to hide them in,” said Fleming.
Based on the report, the shipments were from Canada. Australian authorities intercepted the items at the Sydney Gateway Facility. They said it was hidden inside the packages of the hand sanitizer and face masks. Officials said substance inside the bottles tested positive for methamphetamine.
“Criminals should know our efforts to secure our border have not stopped because of COVID-19…we are continuing to detect and stop illicit substances coming into Australia, no matter how they’re being concealed,” Fleming said.
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