A 29-year-old Queensland woman has faced Southport Magistrates Court charged with allegedly importing about 14kg of methamphetamine from Mexico.
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the alleged drugs concealed inside boxes labelled as Mexican handicrafts that had arrived in international airfreight at Brisbane Airport.
Presumptive testing of a white powder concealed in the boxes returned a positive result for methamphetamine.
The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police and officers created a replica consignment that was delivered to a Surfers Paradise address.
The 29-year-old Colombian national allegedly accepted the package before officers executed a search warrant and entered the property. Police observed parts of the boxes had been cut apart corresponding to where the drugs were concealed in the original consignment.
Police seized a number of electronic devices for further examination along with a passport, consignment documentation, the blade used for cutting the boxes and the replica consignment.
The woman was charged with:
- Import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, pursuant to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (CTH)
- Attempt Possess commercial quantity unlawfully imported border controlled drug s307.5 and s11.1 Criminal Code (Cth).
The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
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