SYDNEY, Australia - A 48-year-old man from the UK appeared in Sydney Central Local Court on Thursday on a charge of attempting to import approximately three kilograms of methamphetamine through Sydney International Airport.
The man arrived on a flight from Bangkok on Wednesday morning and was selected for a baggage examination by Australian Border Force officers who noted the mans suitcase was unusually heavy when emptied.
Subsequent X-ray revealed anomalies in its lining.
Further inspection of the lining revealed a white powder concealed within it. Preliminary testing returned a positive result for methamphetamine (ice).
Further forensic testing will be undertaken by the Australian Federal Police to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance. It is estimated the powder could weigh approximately three kilograms.
Australian Federal Police officers arrested the man and charged him with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of theCriminal Code 1995(Cth).
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.