A COUPLE from Vietnam have been arrested after allegedly smuggling 18 litres of liquid meth on a flight to Sydney.
The man, 63, and 54-year-old woman were arrested at Sydney International Airport on Thursday after an X-ray of their baggage identified a number of suspicious inconsistencies.
A more thorough examination of the couple’s luggage allegedly uncovered 36 bottles labelled as sparkling water.
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The ‘water’, however, returned a positive result for Methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, when tested by Border Force officers.
The Australian Federal Police were called and arrested the couple who were formally charged with importing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment.
The couple were scheduled to appear in Central Local Court yesterday.
ABF Acting Regional Commander, NSW Tony McSweeney, said the seizure was another example of the ABFs ability to prevent illicit drugs from being smuggled into Australia through Sydney international airport.
“This is not the first time this year and I’m sure it won’t be the last where ABF officers at Sydney international airport have managed to stop a large quantity of illicit drugs reaching the streets of New South Wales,” Mr McSweeney said.
AFP Acting Sydney Airport Police Commander, Simone O’Mahony, said AFP members at airports are continually surprised at the lengths people will go to import illicit substances into Australia.
“What they don’t realise is these attempts to smuggle in illicit substances can and do come to the attention of law enforcement, and we are ready to apply the full force of the law in response,” Mr O’Mahony said.