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Media Release: 19-year-old charged with importing cocaine

Release Date:

Thursday, August 20 2015, 08:59 AM

This is a joint media release between the Australian Border Force and the Australian Federal Police.

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.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the man for a baggage examination on Saturday evening, 15

August 2015, after he arrived on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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, contrary to Section 307.1 of the

Criminal Code (Cth).

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.

“Our highly skilled officers use intelligence, enhanced technology and continuously evolving search techniques to

stop illegal drugs such as cocaine reaching the Australian community.”

AFP Manager Crime Operations Paul Osborne said the arrest was yet another great example of agencies

working together to stop the importation of drugs into Australia.

“The AFP and Australian Border Force will continue to work together to stop illicit drugs hitting the streets of


The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

Media enquiries:

Australian Border Force Media (02) 6264 2244

AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333