Make sure your PlayStation 5 isn’t full of cocaine. Image: Shutterstock
Border police have intercepted a PlayStation 5 filled with cocaine in Sydney and charged three men with allegedly importing 1.5kg of the illicit substance.
The cocaine has an estimated market value of $ 346,500.
The Australian Border Force seized a “suspicious shipment” that had been sent from Portugal last month and, after opening the package, officers discovered a rare PlayStation 5.
After further investigation, they discovered the cocaine nestled inside.
An image provided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) shows the packaged white powder hidden in the device, visible from a cavity where one of its cooling fans is believed to have been.
After confirming the presence of drugs, police then replaced the package with a decoy and delivered it to the intended address in Tweed Heads, where it was picked up by an unsuspecting 48-year-old man.
He and two other men were arrested and charged with “attempting to possess a marketable quantity of border-controlled drugs” and could face 25 years in prison.
Wait a second, these aren’t computer parts! Image: Australian Federal Police
Australian Federal Police Acting Superintendent Ben Moses said the multi-agency task forces were an important step in stopping the delivery of illicit substances to Australia.
âOur goal is to disrupt the flow of illicit drugs from overseas and onto the streets of Australia,â Detective Moses Acting Superintendent said.
âIllicit drugs continue to enrich organized crime, enabling them to buy more guns, fuel more violence and make our communities less safe.
The PlayStation 5 is one of the hottest products on the planet right now with inventory flying off retail shelves and hardly any Australian store lists consoles on their websites.
According to Sony’s latest financial figures, announced last week, the Japanese electronics giant sold 13.4 million PlayStation 5 units in its first year despite the global chip shortage hampering production.
There is a hot secondary market for Playstation 5s. Image: eBay
Sony suffered a loss with the release of the PlayStation 5, recording a year-over-year loss in operating income thanks to the “strategic prices” set for new hardware – in other words, Sony initially chose to sell the PlayStation 5 for less than that cost.
While the low price has kept PlayStation 5 sales up, it has given scalpers a decent margin in secondary markets like eBay, where devices are listed for double their retail value.
There is no doubt that some gamers will be particularly furious that drug dealers gut these hard-to-obtain consoles and fill them with cocaine in an attempt to evade law enforcement.