Criminals are soaking mats and other objects in opium to smuggle the drug into ... trends now

Criminals are soaking mats and other objects in opium to smuggle the drug into ... trends now
Criminals are soaking mats and other objects in opium to smuggle the drug into ... trends now

Criminals are soaking mats and other objects in opium to smuggle the drug into ... trends now

Opium imports are on the rise in Australia, as drug traffickers 'impregnate' the highly addictive substance into everyday items to avoid detection.

Since the start of this year, Australian Federal Police seized 155kg of opium from more than 125 attempted imports via air, parcel and sea.

That's more than double the amount seized in 2022 and roughly six times the amount detected in 2021.

Opium is being smuggled into Australia through mats (pictured) with the illicit drug soaked inside the items

Opium is being smuggled into Australia through mats (pictured) with the illicit drug soaked inside the items

Authorities are concerned criminal groups in Australia are using connections in the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan to source the illicit drug.

An Australian and Iranian man, aged 38 and 41, were arrested and

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