Accused Melbourne drug smuggler faces life sentence

A man will face court next week, accused of trying to smuggle five kilos of cocaine into Melbourne on a flight from Dubai.

The 33-year-old from Melbourne was remanded in custody on Friday.

After arriving on a flight from Dubai, Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of the man’s baggage.


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During the examination they discovered the man’s suitcase allegedly had a false bottom, which when removed revealed three packages wrapped in brown packing tape.

The packages were found to contain a white powder and testing of the substance returned a positive result for cocaine.

The total gross weight of the packages was approximately five kilograms – further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The man was arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and was charged with the following offences import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life behind bars.