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AU$600K Of Heroin Concealed In Bag And Sandals

$600,000 Of Heroin Stopped At Australian Border Concealed In Bag And Sandals

Two people will face court today following separate arrests at Perth and Sydney airports, which resulted in the seizure of approximately two kilograms of heroin.

In the first incident, Customs officers stopped a 56-year-old British woman for a baggage search after she arrived at Perth International Airport early yesterday morning on a flight from Singapore.

After an x-ray revealed a possible concealment, the officers drilled into the woman's bag to discover a powdered substance which preliminary testing showed to be heroin.

The woman was referred to the Australian Federal Police and charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995. She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

In a separate incident at Sydney International Airport, Customs officers discovered a powdered substance concealed in sandals worn by a 44-year-old Sydney man.

Customs officers stopped the man after he arrived on a flight from Vietnam yesterday.

An examination of the sandals revealed a powdered substance, which preliminary testing showed to be heroin.

AFP officers charged the man with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995. He will appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.

In both cases the powders are undergoing forensic testing to confirm their substance and determine the exact quantity and purity.

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


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