A man has been accused of trying to smuggle crystal meth into a hamburger for someone in coronavirus quarantine.

He also allegedly tried to hide syringes in a thickshake in Perth, Australia.

Police said the suspect visited a hotel on New Year’s Day and said he was delivering some takeaway food to someone in quarantine there.

Western Australia Police Force said he “appeared to be acting in a nervous manner” just after midday, so had a look at the snacks.

Officers and hotel security staff allegedly found four syringes inside the thickshake drink - a mix of ice cream and milk - and also had a look at the hamburger.

He has been charged with a drugs offence
The man will appear in court charged with a drugs offence

They are said to have found a clip seal bag containing around 1.2grams of meth inside the burger.

A 52-year-old man from Beaconsfield, Australia has since been charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply.

He will appear in the Perth Magistrates’ Court on January 29.

The hotel was being used as a government-managed coronavirus quarantine hotel.

Australia has strict quarantine rules

Travellers into western Australia are forced to enter quarantine in a hotel for 14 days when they arrive.

In a statement, the police force said on Facebook : “Delivering drugs to a police/security checkpoint is never a good idea!

“Perth Detectives have charged a man in relation to the attempted delivery of Methylamphetamine to a person in quarantine at a WA Government-managed COVID quarantine hotel.

People wait outside a coronavirus testing centre in Perth
People queue outside a Covid-19 testing centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia

“About 12:15pm yesterday, Friday 1 January 2021, a man attended the quarantine hotel on Adelaide Terrace, Perth and indicated he was there to drop off some take-away food to a person who was in quarantine.

“The man appeared to be acting in a nervous manner.

“The food items were inspected by police officers and security staff based at the hotel and it will be alleged four syringes were located secreted inside a thickshake drink, and a clip seal bag containing about 1.2 grams of Methylamphetamine was located secreted inside a hamburger.”

The force added: “Further evidence was located which indicated he had been communicating with a person in quarantine in relation to delivering a quantity of Methylamphetamine to the hotel.

“Perth Police attended the hotel and took the man into custody. Perth Detectives took carriage of the investigation.”