A 56-year-old Austrian man appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday charged with attempting to import up to four kilograms of methamphetamine.
ACBPS (Australian Customs and Border Protection Service) officers at the Adelaide Airport selected the man for a baggage examination in Monday, 16 September 2013, after he arrived on a flight from Singapore.
The officers noticed the man’s bag was unusually heavy when empty and also x-rayed the bag. The bag was deconstructed and a white crystalline substance was allegedly found. Initial testing was positive for methamphetamine.
The man was arrested and charged by the AFP (Australian Federal Police) with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act (cth) 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or a fine of $825,000 under Australian law. Australia takes drug trafficking very seriously.