Australian man caught trying to smuggle meth hidden in a burger into Perth quarantine hotel

Police also found four syringes in his thickshake.
Police also found four syringes in his thickshake. Photo credit: Reuters

A man trying to smuggle illicit drugs into a Perth quarantine hotel inside takeaway food has been arrested.

He tried to hide four syringes inside a thickshake and a 1.2-gram bag of methamphetamine in a burger, local police said in a statement.

The man, a courier driver, arrived at Perth's Adelaide St hotel at 12:15pm on Friday (local time), telling staff he wanted to drop off some takeaway food to a person inside the facility.

Security staff and police searched the delivery, finding the illegal drugs and syringes hidden inside the food.

"The man appeared to be acting in a nervous manner," the police statement said.

"Further evidence was located which indicated he had been communicating with a person in quarantine in relation to delivering a quantity of methamphetamine to the hotel."

The courier, a 52-year-old man from Beaconsfield, Melbourne, was arrested and charged with possessing a prohibited drug with the intent to sell.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on January 29.