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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Canadian drug smuggler bags a jail term

A Canadian man has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years jail after being found guilty of importing approximately 16 kilos of methamphetamine into Australia, hidden inside his luggage.  

Australian Federal Police say the man and another passenger arrived into Melbourne Airport from Vancouver, Canada, where the pair had their luggage examined by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers. An x-ray examination revealed anomalies in the lining of one of the suitcases (pictured).

A bag of white crystalline material was located in the lining of one of the suitcases. Presumptive testing of the material returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

ABF officers then identified 16 packages of methamphetamine (pictured, right) concealed within four suitcases. The total quantity of methamphetamine imported was estimated to be 16 kilograms.

The man was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court yesterday to nine years, six months imprisonment with a non-parole period of five years, six months.

Anyone with information about the importation of illicit drugs and precursors should contact BorderWatch at Australia.gov.au/borderwatch. By reporting suspicious activities, you help protect Australia’s border. Information can be provided anonymously.

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