(LAWFUEL) – A 19-year-old Canadian man will face Sydney Central Local Court today after being charged for importing an estimated 12 kilograms of cocaine concealed in the lining of two suitcases.
The man arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from Canada yesterday (15 December). Customs officers selected the man for an examination of his baggage, which revealed packages had been concealed inside two false compartments within the lining of the two suitcases.
Presumptive testing of the substance indicated the presence of cocaine.
The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and was subsequently charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to Section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The powder is undergoing forensic testing to determine its exact purity and quantity. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or a $825,000 fine.