Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A 47-year-old man from the Northern Territory is scheduled to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 17 February 2015) charged with attempting to import up to three kilograms of cocaine through Perth International Airport.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers selected the man for a baggage examination when he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning. 

Officers x-rayed two car parts found in the man’s luggage which revealed irregularities. White powder was found inside the metal casing of the car parts, which initially tested positive for cocaine.

The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who arrested and charged him with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

ACBPS Regional Commander WA, Rod O’Donnell, said the seizure proves the effectiveness of shared intelligence and joint agency cooperation.

“Our highly professional officers are experts at identifying complex concealments such as this,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“People who attempt to import illicit drugs face combined federal law enforcement, with heavy penalties”.

AFP Manager Perth office Matt Rippon said this seizure is an excellent example of how law enforcement and border protection agencies work together to stop criminals from importing drugs. 

“The AFP is committed to working with our partner agencies in preventing the flow of drugs into the community and placing those involved before the courts.” Commander Rippon said. 

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or an $850,000 fine.

Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine exact weight and purity of the substance.  

Media enquiries:

ACBPS Media (02) 6275 6793
AFP Media (02) 6131 6333

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