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Five kilograms of cocaine concealed in a suitcase

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Five kilograms of cocaine concealed in a suitcase


Publish date:

Friday, 11 November 2016,

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This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force

A 24-year-old United States national has been charged after allegedly attempting to bring approximately five

kilograms of cocaine through Sydney International Airport yesterday (Thursday, 10 November 2016).

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers targeted the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from


During their examination, officers x-rayed one of the man’s bags and discovered anomalies in the bottom of the

suitcase. The bag was then deconstructed, revealing a white paste.

Initial testing of the substance returned a positive result for cocaine.

The estimated total weight of the substance is five kilograms. Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine

the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who charged the man with importing a commercial

quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the

Criminal Code Act 1995



The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

The man was remanded in custody to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.


Media contact:

Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244

AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333