Australia-Qld: Cairns man charged with importing DMT drugs, police find suspected backyard lab

A 20-year-old Trinity Park man has been charged with importing a “marketable quantity” of a dangerous drug, while his residence is also alleged to have concealed an illicit drug laboratory.


A joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force (ABF) and Queensland Police Service was launched in early September, after authorities examined a package sent to the man’s address from Germany.

Intercepted at the Brisbane International Mail Centre, ABF officers found a bag containing 433 grams of a powdery substance that tested positive for N, N-dimethyltryptamine – a psychedelic drug also known as DMT.

Labelling on the mail item listed its contents as a dye concentrate for wool, silk, cotton and linen.

On 18 October, the AFP searched the man’s Trinity Park residence and located an alleged drug lab in a backyard shed, suspected of being used to manufacture DMT.

Officers also seized two mobile phones.

The Trinity Park man was charged with importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs, namely DMT, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.

He is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today.

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