Man compensated for shampoo drug arrest
An Australian man who spent three days in jail on allegations of smuggling drugs in his haircare products said he received more than $98,000 compensation.
Neil Parry of Darwin said he was arrested in June 2010 at the Darwin Airport and accused of smuggling 3.5 pounds of liquid ecstasy in his Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner bottles and spent three days in jail while police searched his boat and two houses belonging to friends, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.
Parry said he engaged in a 17-month legal battle with Customs and Border Protection before it agreed to pay him $98,430 compensation.
A spokesman for the agency issued an apology to Parry.
"Customs and Border Protection acknowledges that there were mistakes made during the presumptive testing of Mr. Parry's goods. The [chief executive officer] has apologized to Mr. Parry for the consequences that followed his referral to the [Australian Federal Police] by Customs and Border Protection."