Melbourne Woman Arrested By Australian Federal Police for Importing 12kg of Heroin in Frozen Seafood Estimated at Over $5 Million
Melbourne,Victoria, Australia (News4us.com) March 02, 2011
A joint Australian Federal Police (AFP), Customs and Border Protection and Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation has resulted in the arrest of a woman for importing 12kg of heroin in frozen seafood.
The 51-year-old Kensington woman will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today, facing allegations that she is the principal financier of the importation.
Based on ACC intelligence, on 2 February 2011, Customs and Border Protection officers targeted and intercepted a shipping container from Vietnam when it arrived at the Port of Melbourne. It contained 882 cartons of a variety of frozen seafood products.
Three of the cartons were found to contain a total of 36 frozen blocks, each revealing approximately 350g of a white powder substance. Preliminary testing indicated that the substance was heroin.
The matter was referred to the AFP and a controlled delivery was undertaken with the assistance of the Victoria Police.
The consignment was delivered to a business premise in Braybrook on 4 February 2011.
AFP officers executed a search warrant at the business premise that day and at the woman’s residential address yesterday.
A 40-year-old Sunshine North man has also been charged in relation to this operation. He was charged on 22 February 2011 with the importation of a commercial quantity of heroin. This person has also been charged in relation to two other importations, of 2.1 kilograms of methamphetamine and 300 grams of heroin.
The 51-year-old woman was arrested yesterday and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely heroin contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
The 12 kilograms of heroin seized in this operation has an estimated street value in excess of $5 million.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
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