Man charged after $3.5m worth of ‘ice’ found in suitcase lining

A MAN has been charged after he was allegedly busted with 4 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in the lining of his suitcase.

The 47-year-old, who police say is from Cyprus, was selected for a baggage examination after arriving in Sydney off a flight from Doha, Qatar on 7 October.

Australian Border Force officers X-rayed the man’s bag and noticed inconsistencies in the X-ray image, prompting them to inspect further.


During a search of the luggage, they then located a crystalline substance secreted in the lining of the suitcase.

“The estimated total weight of the drug is approximately 4 kilograms, with an estimated street value of about $3.5m,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The man was arrested and charged with importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

He appeared at Central Local Court on 8 October, where he was formally refused bail and remanded in custody to next appear on 5 December.

The AFP’s Acting Sydney Airport Commander Simone O’Mahony said the arrest was another example of the desperate lengths people take to feed Australia’s appetite for illicit drugs.

“The ABF and AFP continue to shut down attempts to bring illegal drugs into Australia,” Detective A/Superintendent O’Mahony said.

“This is despite the ever-evolving and creative attempts by criminals.

“We know better than most the importance of keeping these dangerous drugs off our streets and out of our homes. As such, we hope this sends a message to anyone thinking about importing illicit drugs, the odds are not in your favour and the penalties are severe.”