Custom Officials discovered approximately 10.5 ounces of ecstasy tablets hidden inside a Mr. Potato Head toy that was sent to Australia from Ireland.
When the Australian Custom officials opened the parcel they were greeted with the smiling face of this popular children’s toy. However when they removed the back panel of the toy they found the ecstasy tablets contained in a plastic bag.
Officials turned the matter over to federal police. No arrests have been made at this time as the case is still under investigation. The maximum penalty for importing drugs to Australia is life imprisonment.
“Whilst this is one of the more unusual concealments that we have seen in recent times, people need to be aware that Customs officers are alert to unusual and often outlandish methods of concealment,” Customs Director Post Karen Williams said.