Australia Euro drug ring smashed as police intercept drugs in postal disguise

17:31  11 july  2018
17:31  11 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Metro Police and U.S. Post Office inspectors have intercepted a piece of mail containing a drug 10,000 times more potent than morphine on its way to Nashville, police said Wednesday. The find was a first for the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Austrian authorities said the drug ring smuggled 56 kilograms of heroin and cocaine - with a street value of more than six million euros . Police say the violence has increased since drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to the US.

Wine bottles used as decoys in the drug importations.© AFP Wine bottles used as decoys in the drug importations. They looked like care packages sent from abroad: a 2015 French Merlot, chocolate covered biscuits and packets of chips.

In reality they were a decoy used to import $3.3 million worth of MDMA and cocaine from France to Australia.

Around 40 packages of cocaine and MDMA were concealed in the would-be care packages sent from France.© AFP Around 40 packages of cocaine and MDMA were concealed in the would-be care packages sent from France.

The drugs, concealed in 40 packages amongst the supermarket goods, were intercepted by a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force operation over a six-month period.

Their seizure and the arrest of four foreign nationals has been credited for dismantling a European drug syndicate suspected of using tourists, students and backpackers to distribute drugs imported from France.

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Still, buying drugs on the dark net is theoretically far safer in legal terms than walking past sniffer dogs at the gates of a festival with a bag of pills in your underwear. Even if a parcel is picked up in the post , police still have to prove that it belongs to one particular person to charge them.

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One of the French nationals arrested in April over the alleged drug distribution ring.© NSW Police One of the French nationals arrested in April over the alleged drug distribution ring.

On Wednesday a 26-year-old French national was arrested and charged in Bondi for his alleged role in the operation, which is believed to have imported the drugs in packed luggage or via the post.

He was due to face Central Local Court on Wednesday afternoon, charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring the importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

The packages were seized over a six-month period.© AFP The packages were seized over a six-month period.

It follows the arrest in March of two other French nationals - a man and a woman - and a Belgian man in Melbourne, over the importation of 750 grams of MDMA concealed in wine bottles.

All three remain in custody, charged with importing a commercial quantity of drugs, aid, abetting, concealing or procuring the importation of drugs and dealing with money or other property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

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European Drug Report: trends and developments. Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges. All countries in Europe specify possession of drugs for personal use as an offence – though it may be defined in different ways.

Physical observation. Sometimes nothing beats good, old-fashioned police work. Once the police suspect someone of dealing drugs , monitoring their movements in the real world can show what they do online. Intercepting parcels.

They are due to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday July 16.

“With about 40 packages of MDMA and cocaine seized, each ranging from 100gms to more than 200gms, this has been a complex and unique investigation,” said AFP Detective Superintendent Paul Hopkins.

ABF Commander of Investigations Graeme Grosse said the operation highlighted the "creative and ever-changing methods used by criminals to import drugs."

“We hope this operation sends a message, if you’re thinking of buying, selling or transporting illicit drugs, the penalties are severe and it’s simply not worth the risk, we will catch you,” he said.

In April NSW Police arrested and charged eight people, including students and backpackers, over their alleged role in trafficking the drugs.

Seven French nationals and one Thai woman were arrested at properties in Darlinghurst, Haymarket and Tamarama following the NSW Police investigation into the supply of MDMA, cocaine, LSD, ketamine and cannabis.

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