A 22-YEAR-OLD man is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars after he allegedly smuggled two bags of cocaine into Australia on a flight from the Middle East.
Officers from the Australian Border Force intercepted the young German national as he touched down at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Qatar on Wednesday.
During an x-ray of the man’s luggage, officers detected two large bags of what appeared to be organic material concealed within the lining of one of his suitcases.
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Upon further examination and testing, the substance tested positive for cocaine.
The 22-year-old man from Germany was arrested by the Australian Federal Police and has since been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Police say the weight of the cocaine was “around two kilograms”, but its exact weight and purity will be subject to further forensic testing.