It appears that Drug-Safe Communities was a few days too early in running our article about the creative ways that drug smugglers attempt to get their illicit goods into the country. Today, the big news is that our border protection authorities intercepted drugs concealed inside…highlighter pens. That’s right! Highlighter pens. Twenty one thousand of them to be exact.
Officers from the ABF (Australian Border Force) said they detected “anomalies” when they scanned five pallets of stationery products. They replaced the drug-filled pens with dummy highlighters and followed the trail to a trio of people and a house at Glebe in inner Sydney where the arrests were made.
The pens contained almost 300 kilograms of ephedrine which is a man made drug used in the making of Ice. Had they reached the streets of Sydney they would have resulted in approximately another 2,500,000 hits available to drug users. A police spokesperson said this many hits would have “absolutely devastated” Sydney and regional NSW.
The drug bust is valued at $120,000,000 and shows that despite the record hauls made by authorities in 2017, the drug gangs are still trying their hardest to pollute our streets with destructive merchandise.
Police said the discovery was also a clear warning that all manner of creative tricks are being employed by the drug gangs…and that improved technology being used by the ABF is thwarting their sinister plans.
Drug-Safe Communities would again like to congratulate the diligence and expertise of our hard working ABF personnel who are literally saving lives through their actions.