Man Charged Over Methamphetamine In Suitcase

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23rd September 2009, 01:44pm - Views: 413
Man Charged Over Methamphetamine in Suitcase

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

23 September 2009

A 24-year-old Canadian man faced Sydney Central Local Court yesterday charged with importing approximately ten kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia concealed inside a suitcase.

Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the man for a baggage examination when he arrived at Sydney International Airport on Monday (21 September).

During the examination, officers became suspicious that there may have been something concealed within the base of the man's suitcase.

An x-ray of the suitcase revealed an image consistent with a possible concealment.

Further investigations found white powder concealed within a false bottom of the suitcase.

Presumptive testing indicated a positive result for methamphetamine.

The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police who charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.


Media enquiries:

Customs and Border Protection Communication and Media (02) 6275 6793
AFP National Media (02) 6275 7100


SOURCE: Customs and Border Protection


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