This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force.
A 64-year-old man from the United States appeared before court today, after allegedly importing four kilograms of cocaine into Perth International Airport.
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the man for examination after he arrived on a flight from Bangkok, Thailand yesterday afternoon (9 July).
An X-ray of the man’s suitcase revealed anomalies in the base. Further examination revealed two packages of white powder concealed underneath the lining of the base of the suitcase. The substance was tested and returned a presumptive positive indication for cocaine.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers attended and arrested the man. The AFP will conduct further forensic examination to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.
The man appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today (10 July) after being charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on 27 July, 2018.
ABF Acting Regional Commander for WA, Mark Wilson, said the detection was testament to the exceptional skills of ABF officers in stopping illicit drugs coming through Perth Airport.
“Our officers are highly trained and use a range of assessment techniques supported by cutting edge x-ray and detection technology to identify prohibited items crossing the border.
“This is another great example of our border screening methods protecting the community by stopping drugs entering the country.”
AFP State Manager for WA, Commander Greg Harrigan, said the offence of commercial drug trafficking carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
“Arrests are often just the beginning of an investigation for us; from here we will be considering all avenues of the supply chain offshore and the potential market here in Australia for this attempted drug importation at Perth’s borders,” Commander Harrigan said.
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