Four kilograms of cocaine found in baggage at Sydney Airport

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

A 31-year-old Brazilian national is due to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today for allegedly attempting to import approximately four kilograms of cocaine through Sydney International Airport.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the woman for a baggage examination after she arrived on a flight from Chile on Tuesday morning (20 March 2018).

During the examination, ABF officers noted that the baggage felt excessively heavy once it was emptied. The baggage was x-rayed and anomalies were noted in the bottom of the suitcases.

ABF officers then deconstructed the bag, revealing a white powdery substance concealed within the lining. The substance was subjected to a series of presumptive tests, which returned positive results for cocaine.

The ABF Detector Dog Unit was then contacted with Detector Dog Rusty also returning a positive reaction to the suitcase. Detector dogs play a very significant role in helping protect Australia's borders from the importation of prohibited items.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers attended and arrested the woman. The woman was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). This charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

ABF Superintendent Aviation Traveller Phillip Anderson said concealments like this are no match for the ABF’s skilled officers, cutting edge x-ray technology and detector dogs.

“ABF officers are extremely well trained and use a range of tools and this excellent result is a testament to their hard work.” Superintendent Anderson said.

“This detection shows the expertise and capability of ABF officers, and they continue to deliver outstanding results in protecting our community from harmful substances crossing through the border.”

Media enquiries:
ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244
AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

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