Books reveal hidden drugs
by Jessica Marszalek in Brisbane
October 03, 2006
Pseudoephedrine was found concealed inside the books, airfreighted from the Philippines and intercepted at Cairns International Airport on Friday.
Police were questioning a woman believed to be the intended recipient of the package after search warrants were executed on a property in Edge Hill, Cairns.
A customs spokeswoman said the books were searched after an X-ray revealed anomalies.
Pseudoephedrine is prohibited as it can be converted in clandestine laboratories from its legitimate use to produce illegal amphetamine-type substances, such as methamphetamine.
Charges have not yet been laid.
Importing a marketable quantity of border-controlled precursors can attract a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and a $330,000 fine.