Melbourne Man Charged With Importing Heroin in Underwear

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ( March 22, 2011

Melbourne Man Charged With Importing Heroin in Underwear

Melbourne Man Charged With Importing Heroin in Underwear

A 28-year-old Richmond man appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with importing an estimated 185 grams of heroin concealed within his underwear.

Following information received from Victoria Police, Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the man for a baggage examination yesterday when he arrived at Melbourne International Airport on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City.

The man was subject to a search where an anomaly was detected.  He then made admissions he was carrying two pellets of heroin in his underwear. The man was subsequently referred to the AFP.

AFP agents charged the man with possessing a marketable quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drugs contrary to Section 307.6 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 and importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to Section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.

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