A 47 year old Turkish Cypriot male faces a possible life sentence after he was arrested at Sydney International Airport. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers allegedly found four kilograms of methamphetamine worth $3.5 million smuggled in his luggage, the Daily Mail has reported.
It said the man arrived in Sydney on a flight from Doha, Qatar. ABF officers x-rayed the man’s luggage and allegedly noted some inconsistencies.
Officers conducted a further inspection of the suitcase and allegedly found a “crystalline substance” hidden in the lining.
“The substance was subsequently tested and gave positive indication for ice” [crystal methampetamine], an ABF statement said.
CCTV has been publicly released of ABF officers inspecting the man’s luggage before he is led away in handcuffs by Australian Federal Police officers.
The man was charged with importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.