Australian Authorities find Million Dollars Worth of Meth in Sriracha Bottles

By Caitlin Gallagher and Heather Miller


Australian authorities have made four arrests linking to the criminal network thought to have smuggled around 400kg of methamphetamine into the country in 768 Sriracha bottles.

An air cargo shipment of the hot sauce contained a potential street value of 300 million Australian dollars’ worth of the drug.
State Crime Commander Stuart Smith spoke to the press regarding the inquiry into the drug smuggling operation.

“This has been a complex investigation and we know the methylamphetamine in this import was headed for a clandestine lab in the Sydney Metropolitan area for the extraction process to occur.”

An estimated 9.6 tonnes of crystal meth are consumed in Australia yearly. The drug releases the brains stress hormone norepinephrine and ‘feel-good’ chemicals dopamine and serotonin.

Officials are aware of the “insatiable demand” for illegal substances with the country suffering a “serious epidemic” of drug use.
Criminal organisations are not naive to smuggling process with substances being brought in through items such as stereo speakers, raw cowhides and commercial refrigerators.

Methamphetamine or commonly known as crystal meth is a super strength amphetamine stimulant.
It’s street name ‘ice’ originates from the drugs white or colourless crystals which can be crushed into powder.

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