Woman charged after attempting to smuggle 13kg of meth inside toy boxes at Sydney Airport

13kgs meth imporation through Sydney Airport

An American woman has been charged with a serious drugs offence after allegedly attempting to import 13 kilograms of methamphetamine into Sydney airport, concealed inside boxes of children’s toys.

The 37-year-old arrived on a flight from San Francisco on Sunday morning (25 November) and was selected for a baggage examination by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

ABF officers uncovered 25 packages hidden in four boxes of children’s toys. The packages weighed approximately 13 kilograms in total, and presumptively tested positive for methamphetamine.

Further forensic testing will be undertaken by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to determine the exact weight and purity of the substances.

AFP officers arrested the woman and transported her to Mascot Police Station where she was charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

ABF Regional Commander NSW, Danielle Yannopoulos said criminals should be aware, the ABF and its partner agencies, have them in their sights.

“ABF officers have the skills, training and technology to detect these dangerous drugs at the border, no matter how criminals try to hide them,” Commander Yannopoulos said.

“With our partner agencies we will do everything in our power to stop illicit drugs from reaching our shores and shut down the criminal syndicates responsible for trying to bring them here.”

AFP Sydney Airport Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins, said police authorities were always on the lookout for anyone employing unusual methods in an attempt to import illicit drugs into Australia.

“The fact criminals are willing to use children’s toys to smuggle such harmful drugs into this country demonstrates the importance of continued vigilance at our borders,” he said.

The woman appeared in Central Local Court yesterday.

Editor's note: High resolution images of the seizure can be found here.

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