A MALAYSIAN national is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Australia after allegedly smuggling four batches of crystal meth into the country.
The 28-year-old appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged with four counts of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine.
Border Force officers intercepted the drugs earlier this month. They had allegedly been concealed within the pages of hard-cover books and arrived in Australia on four different flights from Malaysia.
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During an examination of the parcels, officers uncovered a crystalline substance which later tested positive to methamphetamine.
Due to the sophisticated concealment method, further forensic examinations will need to be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the drug.
Earlier this week, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with support from the ABF, raided a house at Clayton where they arrested the 28-year-old man as well as two unlawful non-citizens.
The non-citizens have been transferred into immigration detention ahead of their deportation.
ABF Acting Regional Commander Victoria, Bjorn Roberts, said the ABF is proud of the work our officers do, around the clock, to protect the Australian community from the harm caused by illicit drugs.
“Our combination of highly trained and dedicated personnel, detector dogs and other technologies provide us with a good defense against all manner of concealments,” Regional Commander Roberts said.
“The ABF works alongside state and federal partners 24/7, to identify and disrupt domestic and foreign drug trafficking networks.
“Once identified, the ABF will use its powers to dismantle and, in some cases, remove those syndicates from Australia.”
The 28-year-old was remanded in custody and will next face Melbourne Magistrates Court in November.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.