A man is accused of importing methamphetamine stuffed in chillies hidden away in a children’s book.
Rossiter McQueen, 32, was charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug after Australia Border Forcer officers intercepted a parcel from Canada at a Perth air cargo depot on May 17.
Inside the parcel, police found a children’s book which was pulled apart and inside was powdered chillies in the cover which had remnants of methamphetamine.
Police raided McQueen’s house where they found the 300g of meth worth $225,000 which he had pulled apart from the book.
They also found about $7,000 in cash and a small amount of cannabis.
McQueen appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court after being charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug. He faces up to 25 years’ jail.
Prosecutors requested strict bail conditions where McQueen must remain at his South Yunderup address, surrender his passport, report to police three times a week and staying one kilometre away from Perth Airport, The West reported.
They also told McQueen to provide a $50,000 personal undertaking and a $50,000 surety which was disputed by his lawyer saying he couldn’t afford it.
Magistrate Evan Shackleton disregarded McQueen’s lawyers comment and said the surety was necessary based on the allegations.
McQueen was remanded as is due to reappear in court in June.