Sydney man charged over cocaine smuggling

(LAWFUEL) – A 59-year-old man from Carlton in Sydney will appear via videolink before Parramatta Local Court today after allegedly trying to smuggle more than 577 grams of cocaine through Sydney International Airport.

After arriving on a flight from Santiago, Chile, yesterday morning (19 July 2008), the man was detained for a frisk search by Customs officers.

During the search, a large package was found concealed around the man’s groin.

He was then interviewed by Australian Federal Police agents at the airport.

The AFP has charged the man with importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug, cocaine, contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.

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