A COUPLE who flew into Sydney on a flight from Brazil could spend life in an Australian prison after border force officers allegedly found 6kg of cocaine secreted in their luggage.
The Brazilian nationals – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – were selected for a baggage examination after landing in Sydney on a flight from Doha on Thursday morning.
After emptying the couple’s bags, border force officers allegedly discovered three of the empty suitcases were still “unusually heavy”
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In a statement, an Australian Border Force spokesperson said subsequent X-rays of the luggage revealed anomalies, while a drug detection dog also gave a positive reaction to the bags.
Further inspection uncovered approximately six kilograms of a white powder, believed to be cocaine, secreted in the linings of the suitcases.
Additional forensic testing will be carried out by the Australian Federal Police to determine the exact weight and purity of the substances.
The couple was arrested by federal police and taken to the Airport Police Station where they were each charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs.
The pair spent the night behind bars, refused bail and were due appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.
If found guilty, the pair face being sentenced to life imprisonment.
Acting ABF Regional Commander NSW, Matt O’Connor, said criminals should be aware that the Australian Border force and its partner agencies have them in their sights.
“ABF officers have the skills, training and technology to detect these dangerous drugs at the border, no matter how criminals try to hide them,” A/g Commander O’Connor said.
“Anyone who thinks they can import these types of destructive substances should know that with our partner agencies, we will catch you and you will face the full force of the law.”
AFP Sydney Airport Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins, said authorities were always on the lookout for people attempting to bring harmful drugs into Australia.
“The AFP and our partners are working seamlessly to protect our communities and combat the importation of illicit drugs across international borders,” Commander Mullins said.
“Anyone thinking an airport is a soft target should consider what they are facing – a potential life behind bars.”