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Media Release

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator for South Australia



17 November 1999 

Customs finds cocaine in baggage 

Customs officers at Sydney Airport found almost five kilograms of cocaine in the baggage of a passenger yesterday, Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

On 16 November, a passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was selected by Customs for a baggage examination.

An x-ray of the passenger's suitcase revealed suspect material secreted in the linings. Tests later established the presence of cocaine.

The net weight of the drugs is 4.8697 kilograms. The estimated street value is approximately $2.2 million.

Australian Federal Police agents subsequently charged a 19 year old Spanish national with importing a prohibited import. He is due to appear in Sydney's Central Local Court this morning.

"Once again, risk assessment methods coupled with state of the art technology have led to a significant seizure of narcotics," Senator Vanstone said.



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