Media Release: Brazilian charged for importing 6kg of cocaine

Release Date: Friday, March 18 2016, 12:01 PM

This is a joint media release with Australian Border Force.

A 28-year-old Brazilian national will appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with allegedly importing approximately six kilograms of cocaine.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers targeted the man after he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Santiago yesterday (17 March).

The officers x-rayed his bag and noticed inconsistencies in the lining of the case. The officers deconstructed the case uncovering about six kilograms of a white powder concealed inside. Initial testing of the substance was positive for cocaine.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the man was arrested. He was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, as per section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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