Shocking Plot to Hide 30kg of Drugs Inside 3D Printers Revealed in Taiwan

By on December 20th, 2022 in Event, news

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3D printer used for smuggling [Source: The Guardian / Australian federal police]

3D printer used in smuggling operation.

In a shocking turn of events, two men have been charged in Taiwan over an alleged plot to import 30kg of methamphetamine into Western Australia using 3D printing technology.

According to reports, the men, who are believed to be senior members of an international crime syndicate, planned to hide the drugs inside 3D printers and ship them to Australia.

It is not yet clear how the drugs were stored inside the Flashforge Creator 3 desktop 3D printer, but it is likely that they were hidden in a cavity or compartment within the printer itself. Alternatively, the drugs may have been placed inside the printer’s shipping box, and then packed around the printer in such a way as to avoid detection.

Regardless of the specifics, this case highlights the potential for 3D printing technology to be used in nefarious ways, and serves as a reminder of the importance of proper security measures and regulations in the 3D printing industry. It is essential that all stakeholders in the 3D printing ecosystem, including manufacturers, distributors, and regulators, work together to ensure that this technology is used for the benefit of society and not for criminal purposes.

This case was uncovered as part of Operation Ironside, a major sting operation conducted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over the past three years. The operation involved intercepting every message posted via the An0m encrypted communications platform, which was widely used by crime syndicates.

The success of Operation Ironside shows the potential of law enforcement agencies to use advanced technologies and tactics to combat crime and keep communities safe. It also underscores the importance of staying vigilant against the use of emerging technologies for illegal purposes.

This case highlights the potential for 3D printing technology to be used in nefarious ways, and serves as a reminder of the importance of proper security measures and regulations in the 3D printing industry. It is essential that all stakeholders in the 3D printing ecosystem, including manufacturers, distributors, and regulators, work together to ensure that this technology is used for the benefit of society and not for criminal purposes.

Overall, these recent developments serve as a reminder of the need for caution and caution in the 3D printing industry, as well as the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to combat crime and keep communities safe.

Via The Guardian

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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