Man charged with importing 12kgs of cocaine in luggage

Suitcase lining

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

A 24-year-old US national appeared before Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing approximately 12 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 Chile, last night (8 February 2018).

The ABF will allege they found the weight of the man’s suitcase unusually heavy after its contents were emptied.  Further examination indicated that a false bottom had been installed in each side of the suitcase.  X-ray images also identified an anomaly in the suitcase.

ABF officers deconstructed the suitcase, revealing a white powdery substance. Initial testing of the substance returned a positive result for cocaine. Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

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.

The man was refused bail and will reappear in court on 18 April 2018.


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AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244


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