Authorities go postal over drug shipments

QUEENSLAND'S organised crime gangs are sending drugs by post at an alarming rate, with more than 100 packages intercepted a month.

And more drug-carrying sea passengers are trying to cross Queensland borders as commercial vessel visitor numbers reached 85,000 in 2016-17, up from 54,000 two years ago, the Courier Mail reports.

Australian Border Force regional commander of Queensland Terry Price said organised crime groups were sending up to 2kg in mail parcels, sent to vacant or properties for sale, while users ordered smaller amounts.

There were 1016 drug detections in Queensland between January and August - 728 in the post, 160 by air passengers, 119 by air and nine by sea cargo.

News Corp Australia

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