Belconnen pair summonsed over drug import via mail

ACT Policing will summons a 20-year-old Belconnen man and his 20-year-old female partner to court over the illegal importation of a controlled substance.

In late May, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service intercepted a mail consignment from China. Examination of the package revealed two of the six packages contained a commercial quantity (1050 grams) of a controlled drug, namely Alpha-PVP.

Alpha-PVP is a synthetic stimulant with similar effects to amphetamines.

ACT Policing’s Drugs and Organised Crime Team took carriage of the investigation and executed a search warrant of the consignee’s residence. Police also seized 238 tablets of oxycontin from the same residence.

ACT Policing’s Drugs and Organised Crime Detective Sergeant Craig Marriott said that people attempting to import controlled substances via mail or parcel delivery need to be aware that sophisticated resources are in place to detect and intercept this illegal activity.

“Police work closely with their partner agencies to fight this type of crime. Drug importers appear to be lulled into some false sense of security that by using the internet to order material from an overseas location, it somehow masks their involvement or detaches them from the crime,”  Detective Sergeant Marriott said.

“Our message is clear: if you do this, you will be caught.”

Anyone who has information or suspicions about the people importing illegal or controlled substances from overseas is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

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