What’s in Your Kayak?
Australian police found 19 kayaks with meth from China
Walter White and Los Pollos Hermanos have nothing on the Chinese kayak industry. Officials in Sydney, Australia reported on Wednesday that police had intercepted 183 kilos of methamphetamine in a shipment of sit-on-top kayaks from China. They arrested five people.
The customs officials were inspecting a shipment of 27 kayaks when they discovered bundles of meth worth nearly $162 million in 19 of them. According to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s regional director Tim Fitzgerald, the meth was stuffed inside the hatches of the kayaks.
The Australian Federal Police were able to confirm the meth came from China.
The five people were identified as one Australian and four Taiwanese. Three were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of the drugs and the remaining two were charged trying to import the meth. If convicted, the culprits could be sentenced to life in prison.
The last few months, Australian officials have busted a few major drug importation attempts, including one last October. The meth was hidden inside a truck’s tires and was shipped from China. It amounted to about AU$200 million.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that acts on the central nervous system to induce euphoria, hallucinations and heightened alertness. Both it and cocaine are the most commonly abused drugs.