Man charged with importing cocaine internally

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

A 52-year-old Finnish man is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today charged with attempting to import approximately 224 grams of cocaine inside his body.

On Monday (18 April), the man was targeted by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers upon his arrival at Brisbane International Airport.

After questioning the man and examining his bags, the ABF officers determined that he was not a genuine tourist and cancelled his visa.

The man was suspected of concealing drugs internally and the matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

He later passed 26 pellets containing cocaine.

The man was charged with one count of importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.2 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.

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