Man charged for internal importation of cocaine

A 41-year-old Australian citizen has been charged with drug importation for attempting to internally import approximately 360 grams of cocaine.

Police will allege he internally concealed 74 pellets, with 3 additional pellets located in his personal belongings, which contained the cocaine.

On Monday, 30 January 2017, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Sydney International Airport targeted the male passenger for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Chile.

An ion scan of the man’s baggage returned positive presumptive readings for cocaine. He was subsequently subjected to a full body scan where further anomalies were identified.

The man was taken into custody by Australian Federal Police (AFP) and transported to hospital for medical treatment. While in hospital, the man subsequently passed the pellets.

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

The exact weight and purity of the cocaine will be subject to further forensic testing.

ABF Regional Commander, Tim Fitzgerald, said the individual had risked not only lengthy jail time, but his life.

“The ABF is fully aware of the lengths that people are willing to go to bring harmful illicit drugs into Australia; risking lengthy jail time and serious health implications,” Regional Commander Fitzgerald said.

“The ABF and our partners continue to work every day to disrupt this illicit trade and target those that attempt to profit from it.” 

AFP Acting Commander Andrew Smith, said individuals seeking to import drugs into Australia whether it is through internal courier or a shipping container will be targeted and stopped.

“Those who seek to internally import drugs are not only risking their own lives, but are impacting on the lives of many Australians affected by illicit drugs.

“The AFP is committed to working closely with its law enforcement partners to disrupt all forms of drug importation methods into Australia”, said Acting Commander Smith.

The man is expected to appear in the NSW Central Local Court on 2 February 2017.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.

Media Enquiries:
ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244
AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

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