Man accused of smuggling bags of cocaine into Australia on flight from Asia

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.


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.