25/06/2018 – The Australian Border Force (ABF) has charged a 54-year-old Australian man with allegedly importing approximately six and a half kilograms of the border controlled drug pseudoephedrine in his suitcase.
The man arrived into Sydney International Airport on a flight from Vietnam on Saturday 23 June and was selected for baggage examination by ABF officers.
His suitcase contained a number of commercially packaged food items labelled as instant cereal, tea and coffee. When opened, the packages revealed a white crystallized powder which returned positive results for pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is a border controlled drug and is used as a precursor agent in the manufacture of drugs of dependence, such as ice.
The man was charged with section 307.11 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), for the importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, being pseudoephedrine.
This charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
ABF Regional Commander NSW Danielle Yannopoulos said this seemingly innocent bag containing commercially packaged food items is an example of the extent criminals will go to in order to conceal illicit substances.
“Attempts such as this to smuggle illicit substances across the border are no match to skilled officers who know things are not always what they appear to be.
“We are committed to stopping importation of illicit substances into our community and catching those responsible for bringing them here,” Commander Yannopoulos said.
The 54-year-old appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Sunday 24 June and has been remanded in custody until the next court date on Wednesday 27 June also at Parramatta Local Court.