Cocaine hidden in a ship; cocaine liquified and then packed as coconut milk, cocaine hidden inside pendants or ingested—innumerable tactics by drug smugglers worldwide.
Daily, they are unrelenting, getting more desperate to ship their deathly product to destination markets. And they keep evolving new methods and tactics. Sometimes, they are busted, as reports from Australia today indicated.
Australian police said they seized 237 million Australian dollars ($246 million) worth of cocaine and methamphetamine found inside a steamroller shipped from China.
Australian Federal Police said Wednesday that they arrested a Canadian man and a U.S. man in Sydney after finding 350 kilograms (770 pounds) of cocaine and meth. The men were charged with importing drugs and face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
It was the police agency’s second major drug bust in a week. On Friday, police said officials had tracked down a boat carrying 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine to Australia after it ran aground in the small island nation of Tonga.
A corpse was found on board. Officials are trying to determine the cause of death.