'Come clean' Man tried to smuggle ketamine into US inside pictures of popstar Hilary Duff
A man who tried to smuggle ketamine into the US by hiding the drugs inside picture frames of the singer Hilary Duff has been arrested.
The haul of 16.4 kilograms of ‘Special K’ was discovered by Philadelphia Customs and Border protection officers.
Officials said the frames were in separate shipments that arrived last week in express air delivery at Philadelphia International Airport. Each shipment contained six picture frames featuring the image of the ex-Disney star and pop icon that appeared on her 2005 album ‘Most Wanted’.
The special K shipment weighed a total of 16.4 kilograms and was concealed in the plastic backing of the frames.
Special agents with Homeland Security investigations in Hartford Connecticut have arrested a man and are investigating the shipment.
Last week, cocaine and ice were found in boxes of adult sex toys bound for Melbourne.
In total, police found 40 kilograms of ice and 18 kilograms of cocaine concealed within the sex toys.
“Covid-19 has not stopped drug dealers or organised crime syndicates from trying to import illicit products into Australia,” said Federal Police acting Commander of Investigations Jayne Crossling.
“Drugs and drug abuse have severe consequences for the Australian community.
“Those with illicit substances in their system are unpredictable and it’s not just their health they are putting at risk, but those around them.”
Border Force Regional Commander for Victoria and Tasmania, Craig Palmer, said the discovery showed criminals will go to “creative lengths” to sneak drugs into Australia.