Australian Border Force and Federal Police Arrest a 19-year-old Cocaine Smuggler

A 19-year-old Brazilian national will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (20 August) charged with attempting to import four kilograms of cocaine into Australia through Melbourne Airport last weekend.

During an x-ray of the man’s luggage, ABF officers identified concealments in the base of two of his bags. The base of both bags were drilled and a white crystalline powder was found, which tested positive for cocaine.

The man was then referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine.

ABF Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania, Don Smith, said this type of concealment is not unexpected. “Potential drug importers need to be aware that the Australian Border Force is alert to the most sophisticated concealments,” Mr Smith said.

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