Man busted with cocaine in his suitcase at Sydney International Airport

A UK national has been busted trying to import two kilograms of cocaine into Australia.

The 59-year-old was taken into custody on Monday morning after Australian Border Force officers selected him for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Thailand.

“The ABF will allege the man’s suitcase was unusually heavy after its contents were emptied.  Further physical examination and x-ray screening identified anomalies in the suitcase,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.


“ABF officers partially deconstructed the bag, revealing a white powdery substance concealed within the lining.

“The substance was subjected to a series of presumptive tests, which returned positive results for cocaine.”

The man was arrested at the scene by Australian Federal Police and charged with import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug, which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

He is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.



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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