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Man charged for importing ‘Ice’ making chemical hidden inside Indian sweets boxes

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes
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By SAT News Desk

NSW, 30 Aug: A man is facing charges after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered 25 kilograms of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine concealed in several boxes of confectionary (Indian Sweets).

With the festival season in the offing packed Indian sweets imported from India are in great demand in Indian/South Asian outlets and the ABF photo shows a sweets box used in the alleged crime.

On 22 August 2019, ABF officers targeted an air cargo consignment from India. Upon examination, an x-ray identified anomalies in the consignment, and an ABF detector dog gave a positive reaction to the consignment.

Upon further deconstruction, 26 of the boxes were found to contain a crystalline substance concealed within a foil bag. Testing returned a presumptive positive result for pseudoephedrine.

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes
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Pseudoephedrine is commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, or “ice”.

ABF Regional Investigations NSW A/g Superintendent John Fleming said the operation had prevented thousands of hits of “ice” from potentially reaching Australian communities.

“Our officers at the border have the skills and technologies to find concealments of illicit substances like these, however sophisticated criminal syndicates might think they are,” A/g Superintendent Fleming said.

“Methamphetamine is such a destructive drug and perpetuates misery in some of our most vulnerable communities. This operation shows whether you import the drug or the precursors to make the drug, we have you in our sights.”

Man charged after 25kg of precursor chemicals detected in boxes
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The man was arrested and charged with of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, contrary to Criminal Code Act 1995, Section 307.11(1), which carries a maximum penalty for an individual of 25 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding $900,000.

He appeared at Burwood Local Court on 29 August and was refused bail. He will appear in the same court on 23 October 2019.

Indian deported from Perth Airport over ‘child exploitation material’ found in mobile phones

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Photo: Australian Border Force

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 29 June: A 30-year-old Indian national who arrived at Perth Airport (22 June 2018) was removed from Australia after ‘child exploitation material’ was located in a mobile phone.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on board a flight from Singapore holding a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa.

“During the examination of three mobile phones officers found objectionable material in one in relation to child exploitation. Officers seized the phone and canceled his visa, “ says an Australian Border Force media release.

The man was detained and transferred to the Perth Immigration Detention Centre until his removal from Australia on Monday, 25 June.

Acting ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Mark Wilson said the man’s removal reflected the ABF’s absolute commitment to preventing the importation of this abhorrent material.

“Visitors to Australia engaging in this behavior risk forfeiting their right to be here,” Acting Commander Wilson said.

“We also work closely with our law enforcement partners both here and abroad to share information relating to these persons to ensure we are protecting not only Australian children but potential victims offshore.”

Nine Indian imposters arrested in Gold Coast for posing as journalists to cover CWG-2018

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Photo: Austalian Border Force

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 29 March: A 46-year-old Indian national has been charged with offenses under the Migration Act 1958, including people smuggling, after allegedly facilitating the travel of a fake media contingent to attend the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Nine individuals arrived at Brisbane Airport yesterday (Wednesday, 28 March 2018) holding Temporary Activity Visas, claiming to be accredited media representatives.

An Australian Border Force (ABF) Airline Liaison Officer (ALO) in Bangkok had flagged the group on transit through Thailand on suspicion they may be non-genuine travelers.

They were questioned by ABF officers on arrival in Brisbane and eight were found to have fraudulent foreign media credentials.

Australian Federal Police officers arrested and charged the ninth person, a 46-year-old Indian national with:

one count against Section 233C of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – the Aggravated offense of people smuggling (at least 5 people)

one count against Section 234A(1)(c) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – the Aggravated offense of false documents and false or misleading information etc. relating to non-citizens (at least 5 people)

The maximum penalty for these offenses is 20 years in jail.

Police will allege in court that the 46-year-old Indian national who did hold valid credentials was facilitating the group’s travel.

ABF Regional Commander Queensland, Terry Price said that while the ABF is working hard to ensure smooth entry for legitimate Commonwealth Games visitors, attempts to exploit the event and Australia’s visa program will not be tolerated.

“Anyone wishing to enter Australia, including athletes, team officials, spectators and the media, must hold a valid visa and accreditation and must be deemed to be a legitimate visitor,” Commander Price said.

“As with all travelers, the ABF will process all Commonwealth Games visitors on arrival and anyone found not to be here for legitimate purposes can expect to have their visas canceled and to be turned around. This may occur on arrival in Australia, or prior to boarding flights to Australia.

“We have a skilled network of ALOs at key overseas international airports who can identify travelers of concern and stop them traveling or, as in this case, provide real-time information to alert colleagues onshore.”

“The ABF remains highly alert to other similar attempts that may occur as we get closer to the start of the Commonwealth Games.”

AFP Manager Aviation, Commander Warwick Macfarlane said security measures throughout the lead-up and duration of the Commonwealth Games will be a collaborative effort between law enforcement and domestic partner agencies.

“AFP officers at Brisbane International Airport will continue to work with partner agencies to maintain a safe and secure environment for all travelers attending the Commonwealth Games”, Commander Warwick Macfarlane said.

The other eight individuals have been taken into immigration detention. Inquiries are continuing in relation to this matter.

The 46-year-old Indian national is remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday 6 April 2018.