Man charged over 5kg cocaine import through Melbourne Airport

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

A 33-year-old Melbourne man has been remanded in custody after attending Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today, and is due to appear again on Wednesday (19 April 2017) after allegedly importing approximately five kilograms of cocaine through Melbourne International Airport last night (14 April 2017).

After arriving on a flight from Dubai, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers conducted an examination of the man’s baggage.

During the examination they discovered the man’s suitcase allegedly had a false bottom, which when removed revealed three packages wrapped in brown packing tape.

The packages were found to contain a white powder and testing of the substance returned a positive result for cocaine.

The total gross weight of the packages was approximately five kilograms - further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The man was arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and was charged with the following offences:

  • Import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to subsection 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth.)
  • Possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to subsection 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth.).

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

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Australian Federal Police 02 6131 6333

 

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