Two people charged in relation to internal importation of cocaine

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

Two French nationals, a 28-year-old woman and 35-year-old man, were charged yesterday in relation to importing cocaine internally.

On Monday, 8 August 2016, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Sydney International Airport targeted the pair for a baggage examination after they arrived on a flight from Qatar.

ABF officers identified the passengers as non-genuine tourists and suspected that the couple may be concealing drugs within their bodies.

During a subsequent conversation with ABF Officers, the woman advised that she was carrying something internally.

The 100 gram package that the woman was concealing returned presumptive positive result for cocaine hydrochloride.

The man was taken into custody by Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the woman was transported to hospital for further medical treatment.

AFP officers subsequently charged them with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to Section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

They faced Sydney Central Local Court yesterday (Monday 8 August).

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.

Media contact:
AFP National Media: 02 6131 6333
Immigration and Border Protection 02 6264 2244

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