Man charged with importing 5 kgs of cocaine through Melbourne Airport

5kg cocaine

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

A 34-year-old Australian man is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court today, charged with importing about 5kg of cocaine through Melbourne International airport.

After arriving on a flight from Italy last night (23 February 2017), Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the man for a baggage examination.

ABF officers will allege they identified a piece of plywood inconsistent with the construction of the man’s suitcase. The suitcase was then x-rayed with anomalies detected.

ABF officers then deconstructed the suitcase, revealing a white substance behind the plywood partition.

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:

  • Importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • Possessing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $1.63 million. These charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

ABF Regional Commander Victoria, James Watson said that this seizure is another example of the good work carried out by our officers every day at the airports across the country.

“This seizure demonstrates the capacity of ABF officers on the frontline to identify and disrupt the importation of drugs into Australia,” Commander Watson said.


Media contact:

Immigration and Border Protection 02 6264 2244

Australian Federal Police 02 6131 6333


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