Drug mule busted at Sydney Airport after swallowing 1kg of cocaine

An Australian man living in Thailand has been busted trying to import more than 1kg of cocaine after swallowing more than 100 capsules filled with the illicit substance.

The 48-year-old was arrested soon after landing at Sydney International Airport on Thursday.

“On Thursday, 1 September Australian Border Force officers at Sydney International Airport targeted the male passenger for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Thailand,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement.


While nothing of interest was found in the man’s bags, he indicated to ABF officers that he was carrying an illicit substance internally.

“The man subsequently passed 46 pellets containing approximately 460 grams of cocaine,” AFP said.

The man was taken into custody and transported to hospital where he passed a further 64 pellets also containing cocaine.

ABF Acting Commander Organised Crime Branch, Lesley Dalton, said the detections highlight the dangerous lengths individuals go to when attempting to bring drugs into Australia.

“Importing drugs internally is extremely dangerous as it can lead to serious health risks and even death,” Acting Commander Dalton said.

“This seizure is yet another example of our growing capacity to identify and disrupt the importation of drugs through close work with our agency partners.”

The man has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years behind bars.

He is due to face court today.