A Brazilian national has appeared in Sydney Central Local Court today after she was caught allegedly importing four kilograms of cocaine into Sydney.
The 26-year-old was targeted to a baggage examination by Australian Border Force officers upon her arrival into Sydney International Airport from Chile yesterday.
During the examination, the officers observed that the woman’s empty suitcase was unusually heavy, with an x-ray revealing an inconsistency in its lining.
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The officers then deconstructed the suitcase and uncovered a white powder.
Initial testing of the substance was positive for cocaine, however further testing will be done to confirm its exact weight and purity.
The woman was charged by the Australian Federal Police with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.