Cannabis Is Found In Frozen Chickens In Attempt to Smuggle Weed to NT

Why did the chicken cross the road? Turns out, it may have done so as part of a drug-smuggling operation.

Earlier today, Canberra Times reported on a very unique method employed by drug smugglers that attempts to avoid detection by federal law enforcement. That method is chickens.

Police have reported that nearly a kilo of cannabis was found, hidden within the innards of frozen chickens. The cannabis is believed to have been headed to the Northern Territory, for remote communities that have less access to drugs than those in urban areas.

The cannabis was discovered as part of Operation Starck, which is described by the Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services as being "established by the Drug and Organised Crime Squad (DOCS) to disrupt the importation of illicit substances, including cannabis and alcohol, into remote communities."

"Screening of air and sea freight included the physical inspection of shipments by DOCS detectives and the use of drug detector dogs from the Dog Operations Unit."

In less than a week, between Friday 22 and Thursday 28 May 2020, police seized approximately 921 grams of cannabis.

"Members continue to see all sorts of different ruses to try and put the dogs off and allude detection. Including frozen chickens this week! They have and will continue to fail," Detective Senior Sergeant Crispin Gargan remarked.

The cannabis was hidden inside these frozen chickens. Pictures: NT Police.
Source: NT Police

One of the drug smugglers was caught and will soon be appearing in court with five drug infringements.

Detective Senior Sergeant Crispin Gargan said, "There have been some fairly significant cannabis seizures in the past week with the total seized in excess of seven kilograms."

Operation Starck will remain ongoing and efforts to quell Australia's drug smuggling remain a priority for law enforcers.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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