QUEENSLAND police have uncovered almost 400 mail packages containing drugs worth millions, in a national sting that has seen 31 people arrested.
A national drug crackdown targeting Australia’s postal system has laid bare Queensland’s drug crisis, with deadly substances, including ice and heroin, regularly making their way across state lines.
In total, 381 drug-filled letters and packages were uncovered by Queensland detectives during a five-day period that ended last month.
The discoveries led to the arrest of 31 people on 148 drug charges, including trafficking, production, supply and possession of a dangerous drug.
The mailroom busts and follow-up investigations saw more than $2.4 million worth of drugs seized, along with $94,000 in cash.
By comparison, the second worst state was Victoria, with 312 busts. Most other police forces found just a few dozen suspicious packages.
Details of the operation can be revealed a day after Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan labelled Australia’s ice problem “probably the most significant” in the world.
QPS Acting Detective Superintendent Mark Slater said the operation, dubbed “Vitreus”, was a success.
Twenty-six Queensland Police Service, Australian Border Force and Australia Post officials sifted through thousands of items at the Brisbane mail centre, allowing items to be traced to senders.
Forty-six kilograms of cannabis were seized, along with 2kg of methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, pharmaceuticals and steroids.
Police said that they would continue to monitor the postal service.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan has labelled Australia’s ice problem “probably the most significant” in the world.