Japanese national arrested at Sydney Airport for alleged drug importation

A 62-year-old Japanese woman is due to appear before Sydney’s Central Local Court today after she allegedly attempted to import two kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in binders.

The woman arrived at Sydney International Airport yesterday (26 August 2019) and was selected to undergo a baggage search by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers. Upon a search of her luggage, officers located two ring binders.

A further inspection of the folders revealed a fine crystalline substance between the pages which tested positive for methamphetamine. Forensic testing will be undertaken by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to determine the exact weight and purity of the substances.

AFP officers attended the scene and arrested the woman. She was charged with importing a prohibited drug, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) and possession of an imported prohibited drug, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalties for these offences are life imprisonment, respectively.

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