Media Release: Canadian woman charged for importing drugs at Sydney Airport

Release Date: Sunday, December 23 2012, 10:02 AM

This is a joint media release with the Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

A 26-year-old Canadian national is scheduled to appear in Parramatta Local Court today charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with allegedly importing up to five kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers selected the woman for a baggage examination when she arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Hong Kong yesterday (22 December 2012).

During a discussion with Customs and Border Protection officers the woman indicated she had packages strapped to her body.

The woman was then referred to the AFP. During a subsequent search of the woman, packages were found concealed around her thighs, stomach and inside her bra. The packages contained approximately five kilograms of a white powder substance which is suspected to be methamphetamine.  Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The woman was arrested and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995(Cwth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is an $825,000 fine and/or life imprisonment.

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333
Customs and Border Protection Media (02) 6275 6793