A young man and woman have been busted trying to import eight kilograms of cocaine into Australia.
The German Nationals, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, arrived at Melbourne International Airport on Wednesday morning on a flight from Germany.
The pair’s luggage was selected for examination by Australian Border Officers who detected a suspicious powder concealed within the bags.
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Initial testing returned a positive result for cocaine, however further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the cocaine.
The man and woman were arrested by Australian Federal Police and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
AFP acting Commander Krissy Barrett, Manager Organised Crime, said law enforcement and border protection agencies were attune to the tactics used by criminals.
“We work closely together with our partners in the aviation environment to disrupt any attempt to bring illicit drugs into Australia,” acting Commander Barrett said.
ABF Acting Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania Rod Winchester said Wednesday’s outcome should serve as a warning to those thinking of importing or exporting illegal substances.
“The ABF screens tens of millions of air travellers each year, and the fact we are able to pinpoint individuals and detect and seize these drugs is a testament to our officers,” Acting Regional Commander Winchester said.
“This is another great example of our intelligence and border screening methods working together to stop dangerous drugs entering the country.”