A British man has been busted trying to import 280 grams of cocaine into Australia after swallowing 39 capsules filled with the illicit substance.
The 52-year-old was arrested soon after landingat Melbourne International Airport on Friday 16 September.
“The man arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Los Angeles and was selected for further examination by Australian Border Force officers,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.
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“Following an examination which revealed the presence of the pellets, the ABF referred the man to the Australian Federal Police, who transported him to hospital for further examination. The examination confirmed the man was carrying a number of pellets internally.”
In total, 39 pellets containing approximately 280 grams of cocaine were recovered at the hospital.
The man was charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug.
ABF Regional Commander, James Watson, said ABF officers were experts at identifying a range of concealment methods.
“We have sophisticated technology which will detect those who try to smuggle drugs internally,” Commander Watson said.
“The individual has put his own life at risk through this highly dangerous method of attempting to smuggle narcotics.
“Even though the man has survived this dangerous method of importation, he now faces very serious charges which could result in penalties of up to 25 years in jail.”