Italian woman allegedly imports $1.1M of cocaine into Melbourne Airport

A 39-year-old Italian national is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today, charged with importing approximately five kilograms of cocaine into Melbourne.

After arriving at Melbourne International Airport on a flight from Rome on Sunday (12 February 2017), Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the woman for a baggage examination.

During x-ray screening of one of her bags, ABF officers will allege they discovered a false bottom, constructed using a piece of plywood. Inside the compartment were several packages that tested positive to 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 woman, later charging her 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 $1.1 million. These charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Media contacts:
Immigration and Border Protection 02 6264 2244
Australian Federal Police 02 6131 6333

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