Elderly Melbourne Man Charged with Importing Cocaine in Suitcase by Australian Federal Police
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (News4us.com) March 07, 2011
A 74-year-old Greek national will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with importing cocaine into Australia.
The man arrived at Melbourne Airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi on Saturday (5 March 2011).
During an examination of the man’s suitcase, Customs and Border Protection officers detected an anomaly in the side wall.
Further investigations revealed a substance concealed between the side wall and inner lining of the suitcase.
Preliminary testing of the substance indicated the presence of 1.95 kilograms of cocaine.
The matter was referred to the AFP, who charged the man with the following offences:
- Importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.2(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995; and
- Possessing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.6(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
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