PICTURED: 18-year-old accused of importing $ 300,000 worth of LSD from the Dark Web on one of the biggest acid transports ever made in Australia
- 18-year-old man charged with “biggest LSD seizure ever” in South Africa released on bail
- Brenton Mackenzie Skanes allegedly attempted to tamper with 20,000 tabs
- He has been charged with trafficking in a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug
- He appeared in court on Friday, where he was released on bail to reappear in November
- Police allege drug trafficking had an estimated market value of $ 300,000
Adelaide teenager charged with “largest LSD seizure ever in South Australia” has been released on bail.
Brenton Mackenzie Skanes, 18, allegedly attempted to tamper with 20,000 tabs – or roughly $ 300,000 – that he bought on the dark web.
Police alleged that he used the postal system to get “tickets” to be sent to an address in Adelaide’s CBD.
Brenton Mackenzie Skanes (pictured) leaves court on Friday after being released on bail
Brenton Skanes allegedly attempted to tamper with 20,000 LSD pills (pictured) after buying them on the dark web
Skanes was arrested on Wednesday by detectives from the South Australian Joint Agency’s Response Team and the Serious and Organized Crime Branch of the SA Police.
He was charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug and appeared in court Thursday, where his bail application was adjourned after Magistrate Alfio Grasso requested confirmation that his Canadian passports and Australian had been seized.
His lawyer, James Caldicott, told court on Friday that they had done so and Skanes was released on bail at an address in southern Adelaide.
After his arrest, Chief Detective Inspector Tony Crameri said the LSD seizure was the largest ever by the state.
“It is a very dangerous hallucinogenic drug which can have long term effects on the health of the user,” he said.
“Someone who imports a drug like this from Europe is risking their health and their freedom with drug makers only interested in profit.
“Seizures of this size are very rare in the world.”
On Wednesday he was arrested by detectives from the South Australian Joint Agency’s Response Team and the Serious and Organized Crime Branch of the SA Police.
AFP’s Operations Coordinator, Superintendent Gail McClure, added: “Working in partnership with South Australia Police and other JAIST agencies allows us to stop these drugs from entering Australian streets and harm our communities. “
“This operation should send a strong warning to criminals that if you participate in illegal activities AFP will catch you, arrest you and prosecute you.
Skanes will face court again in November.
Police urge anyone with information about buying or importing drugs through the darknet to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333,000.
Adelaide teenager Brenton Skanes leaves Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on Friday after being released on bail. He will reappear in court in November