Drug smugglers have two goals. They want to move a lot of product, and they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. A group in Canada found a pretty good method, they hid their goods in one of the hottest new commodities, hand sanitizer.
Australian police seized about two kilograms of crystal meth hidden in boxes of face masks and hand sanitizer bottles sent from Canada.
Australian Border Force Superintendent for International Mail & Cargo Clearance John Fleming said:
“We know criminals will go to any length to smuggle drugs into the country, so it’s no surprise they’re trying to use in-demand items such as masks and hand sanitizer to hide them in. Criminals should know our efforts to secure our border have not stopped because of COVID-19.”
Photos released by the police showed several bottles of instant hand sanitizers and hand sanitizer gels filled with the crystal-like drug.
On the plus side, dealers or users who received crystal meth this way could simply rub the sanitizer off the crystals, maintaining a bit of personal hygiene as they get high. That probably wasn’t a selling point as to why they shipped the drugs in hand sanitizer, but it still would be a side benefit.