Malaysian Woman Concealing Heroin Arrested At Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast, Australia (News4us.com) May 03, 2011
A 35-year-old Malaysian woman has been arrested by police at Gold Coast Airport for importing heroin into Australia.
The woman is scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court this morning (4 May 2011).
The woman was stopped for questioning by Customs and Border Protection officers when she arrived at the International Arrivals hall after disembarking from a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (1 May 2011).
During questioning Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious that the woman may have been concealing drugs internally.
The woman was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and taken to hospital for medical examination.
Scans revealed numerous foreign items concealed in the woman’s intestines and she later allegedly passed 75 tightly-wrapped packages of a substance believed to be heroin.
The woman was charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the composition of the substance as well as its exact weight and purity.
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