Pair charged with importing 18kg of heroin

Two foreign nationals are due to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing 18 kilograms of heroin into Australia.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the 41-year-old woman and 51-year-old man after they arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Thailand on Sunday (13 March).

The pair were selected by ABF officers for a baggage examination after an ABF detector dog had a positive reaction to their bags at the carousel.

After an x-ray of their bags showed inconsistencies, the ABF officers examined the bags further, finding a false bottom in each of the cases.

The officers deconstructed the cases uncovering a total of approximately 18 kilograms of a white powder concealed inside. Initial testing of the substance was positive for heroin.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the pair were subsequently arrested.

ABF Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald said ABF officers deploy a range of different tools to uncover illegal drugs at the border, including detector dogs.

“Our detector dogs are among the best in the world, and are deployed by our officers at airports across the country to help us to detect illegal drugs no matter how they’re concealed,” Commander Fitzgerald said.

“Our officers are committed to protecting the Australian community from these illegal and dangerous drugs and will take all steps to stem their flow on to the streets of Sydney.”

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244

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