Man Questioned at Perth International Airport by Customs & Border Protection Later Charged by AFP for Concealing Drugs Internally
Perth, Western Australia (News4us.com) March 11, 2011
A 34-year-old Ballajura man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for importing heroin into Australia, concealed inside his body.
The man was stopped and questioned by Customs and Border Protection officers at Perth International Airport, after he arrived on a flight from Bangkok on Thursday 10 March.
During questioning, Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious that he may have been concealing drugs internally.
The man was referred to the AFP and taken to hospital for a medical examination.
The AFP has charged the man with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely heroin, 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 exact weight and purity of the substance.
The Australian Federal Police has charged more than 77 people since 2008 acting as internal drug couriers for various criminal syndicates. The AFP is constantly warning people considering attempting this form of illegal activity that they not only risking a lengthy term of imprisonment, but also death or serious injury.
Dire consequences that require emergency surgery and long term complicated health problems are a common event for drug couriers who choose internal body concealment.
Rupturing and leaking of materials used to wrap the highly volatile drug packages can cause sudden death or extremely debilitating illnesses in a very short amount of time.
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