$1.5m worth of cocaine found hidden in travellers suitcases

A man and woman have been charged after they were allegedly busted with approximately 4.5kg of cocaine hidden in the lining of their suitcases.

The 39-year-old man and 55-year-old woman, who are Brazilian nationals, were selected for baggage examinations by Australian Border Force officers after landing in Sydney on Wednesday.

During x-rays of their bags, officers discovered anomalies in the suitcase linings consistent with a concealment.


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“Further examinations revealed a powder which returned positive results for cocaine,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

The estimated street value of the drugs is about $1.5 million.

PHOTO: Australian Federal Police Media

The two passengers were arrested by police at the scene and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

The pair made a brief appearance in the Central Local Court yesterday and are scheduled to reappear on 3 October 2018.

ABF Acting Regional Commander NSW, Tony McSweeney, said the detection highlighted the skills of ABF officers working at our borders.

“While we can’t go into the specifics of our targeting methodologies, this is another great example of officer intuition being used to prevent harmful drugs reaching the community,” Acting Commander McSweeney said.

“We know there is a growing demand for cocaine in Australia and local users are paying some of the highest prices in the world. My message to anyone who is lured by these potential profits is clear – our dedicated officers have the technology, skills and commitment to detect these drugs and stop you bringing them in.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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