A MAN is facing the possibility of life in jail after allegedly smuggling 17 kilograms of heroin and methamphetamine onto a plane bound for Brisbane.
The 35-year-old Melbourne man was searched by border force officers after arriving at Brisbane International Airport on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on April 10.
During the examination, officers allegedly found 14kg of heroin and almost three kilos of methamphetamine concealed within the man’s luggage.
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The man was arrested by federal police and charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
The 35-year-old man appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 11, where he was remanded in custody ahead of a second appearance on Friday.
AFP Brisbane Airport Police Commander Murray Ferguson said investigators were working with Royal Malaysia Police and other agencies to identify the source of the narcotics and the syndicate behind the importation.
“This is a significant detection and seizure,” Commander Ferguson said.
“The AFP continues to work with domestic and international law enforcement partners to stay one step ahead of criminal syndicates who would seek to do harm to Australians.
“We will continue to use every resource available to us to disrupt and bring to justice people attempting to import illicit drugs.”
ABF Queensland Regional Commander Terry Price said the detection should send a clear message to any traveller considering importing illicit drugs.
“The ABF has sophisticated intelligence and technology at its disposal,” Commander Price said.
“In this case, these were complimented by one of our highly-skilled officers who used their intuition to identify the individual of concern and this large amount of drugs.
“Protecting the Australian community from illicit drugs is an operational priority for the ABF and once again, we have prevented harmful drugs reaching Queensland streets.”