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28 September 2023, 12:05pm
Media Release

UK National charged with the importation of 10kg of methamphetamine

This is a joint media release between the AFP and Australian Border Force.

Editor’s note: Images of the seizure are available via hightail.

A United Kingdom national has been charged by the AFP for importing 10kg of methamphetamine within the lining of two suitcases.

The woman, 45, arrived at Sydney International Airport on 23 September, 2023 after travelling from the UK.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected her for a search and examination upon arrival. An X-ray of the woman’s bags identified anomalies within the lining of two suitcases.

A detailed search of the bags revealed a crystalline substance concealed within the linings, with the initial tests indicating the substance was methamphetamine.

Members of the AFPs Airport Uniform Policing team responded, arresting and charging the woman with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to Section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

The woman appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday (24 September, 2023), and was formally refused bail. She is next expected to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 23 November 2023.

AFP Detective Acting Inspector Cameron Heil said the AFP works closely with its law enforcement partners to stop illicit drugs from reaching our communities.

“We know the devastating impact methamphetamine and other drugs have on individuals and our communities – that’s why we’re committed to stopping the flow before they reach our streets,” Det. A/Insp Heil said.

“Every detection of drugs at the border keeps our community safer and ensure that drug traffickers cannot reap profits by exploiting the Australian community.”

ABF acting Superintendent Allison Dee said organised crime syndicates attempt to evade border controls by manipulating people into doing their bidding.

“Drug smugglers come in all shapes and sizes – and while criminals will continue to try and cross our border with illicit drugs, our ABF officers will detect them time and time again,” A/Supt Dee said.

“Continuing to work together with our partner law enforcement agencies, including AFP, is vital to the ongoing war against illicit drugs.

“Our message is simple – if you bring it, we will find it,” she said.

Suitcases seized by AFP officers following the arrest of the woman.

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