TWO Taiwanese nationals are facing the possibility of spending life in an Australian prison after they allegedly flew into Queensland with four and a half kilograms of crystal meth strapped to their bodies.
The pair, aged just 19 and 20, arrived at Brisbane International Airport on separate flights from Taipei on Thursday.
The older man arrived first, while the younger man arrived on a later flight.
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Border Force officers selected both men for an examination and found they each had ‘braces’ strapped to their bodies.
Further checks allegedly uncovered four and a half kilograms of crystal methamphetamine secreted within the braces.
The men were arrested by Federal Police and due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
ABF Acting Regional Commander for Queensland, Julie Pettrey, said the detections were a testament to the skills of ABF officers in stopping dangerous drugs coming through Brisbane Airport.
“Here we have two individuals arriving on separate flights that our officers have identified as being linked and as a result we have stopped a coordinated attempt to import a significant amount of methamphetamine into Queensland,” Acting Regional Commander Pettrey said.
“Attempts by foreign nationals to bring drugs into Australia won’t be tolerated and we now have two young men facing serious criminal charges.“
AFP State Manager Queensland Commander Sharon Cowden said the AFP arrests were a result of good border processes and positive work between law enforcement partners to prevent and stop the importation of drugs into Australia.
“This should serve as a warning to anyone attempting to bring drugs into Australia, you will be caught and face the consequences,” Commander Cowden said.