Media Release: Man charged with importing ‘Ice’ internally

Release Date: Monday, February 29 2016, 05:15 PM

This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force

A 45-year-old United Kingdom national is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today, charged with importing methamphetamine internally.

On Saturday, 27 February 2016, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Perth International Airport targeted the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Thailand.

ABF officers suspected the man may be concealing drugs within his body and referred him to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who conveyed him to hospital for a medical examination. The man later passed 106 identically-shaped pellets, believed to contain methamphetamine with a combined weight of around 500 grams.

Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.

AFP officers subsequently charged the man with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to Section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

ABF Regional Commander Western Australia Rod O’Donnell said people who chose to conceal drugs internally did so at significant risk to their own health.

“If you conceal drugs internally you’re playing Russian Roulette with your life,” Commander O’Donnell said.

“ABF officers are alert to the range of ways people try to smuggle drugs into the country, including internally, and are dedicated to detecting those who try to evade detection at the border.”

AFP Manager Crime Operations Paul Osborne said Australia’s law enforcement and border protection agencies would continue to combat the movement of illicit drugs into Australia.

“We will continue working together with our domestic and international partners to further investigate and disrupt illicit drug importations,” Commander Osborne said.

“This seizure sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can bring illegal substances into Australia – you will be caught and you will face the full force of the law.”

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment or 5000 penalty units, or both.

Media contact

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244

AFP Media: (02) 6131 6333