African man arrested trying to import meth

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A 48-year-old dual Australian/Nigerian man is scheduled to appear before court today after allegedly importing 4.7 kilograms of methamphetamine on a flight into Melbourne International Airport. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the man for examination after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday morning (19 August).

During a baggage examination, approximately 4.7 kilograms of a white crystalline powder was detected in his luggage. A presumptive test on the substance indicated the presence of methamphetamine.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers attended and arrested the man. The AFP will conduct further forensic examination to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The man was charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.