SYDNEY: Australian Customs officials has revealed that an international crime syndicate is using Sydney high school students as drug mules, with two teenagers already facing possible charges.
Officers from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service are contacting parents and principals at three schools in the city’s inner-west amid revelations students have been paid to accept packages from China.
The teenagers are contacted via social media or at their school itself and asked to pass on their home address in return for a few hundred dollars. Two students, aged 15 and 16, are facing possible charges and others are being interviewed, with both public and private school pupils being targeted.
Customs says one of the parcels intercepted contained four kilograms of ephedrine, enough to make about $250,000 worth of the street drug methamphetamine.