Man arrested over 2kgs of cocaine in suitcase

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

A 59-year-old UK national will appear before the Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing approximately two kilograms of cocaine in his luggage through Sydney International Airport.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Thailand yesterday morning (19 February 2018).

The ABF will allege the man’s suitcase was unusually heavy after its contents were emptied.  Further physical examination and x-ray screening identified anomalies in the suitcase.

ABF officers partially 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.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers attended and arrested the man, later charging him with:

  • import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); and
  • possession of a controlled drug namely cocaine, contrary to Section 308.1, of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

These charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.


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ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244


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