Malaysian meth courier jailed for 7 years

A 39-year-old Malaysian national has been jailed for seven years, after an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into the importation of methamphetamine from Malaysia.

The man was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of four years after facing the Melbourne County Court yesterday (Thursday, 24 September, 2020).

AFP investigators launched their investigation known as Operation HALFDAN, after Australian Border Force (ABF) officials identified a suspicious package upon arrival into Melbourne via air cargo from Malaysia in March this year.

One kilogram of methamphetamine was detected inside the package of metal rollers.

The man was arrested in the Melbourne CBD after attempting to collect the package on 3 March, 2020. 

The man was charged with:

  • Importation of a Commercial Quantity of Border Controlled Drugs, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), and
  • Attempted Possession of a Commercial Quantity of Border Controlled Drugs, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)

The man later pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

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