Two Perth men have been charged over the cocaine importation of 3.99 kilograms into WA, worth a potential $1.6 million, hidden in purses sent from the United Kingdom.
Australian Federal Police will allege the package of purses was delivered to the Willagee home of a 28-year-old man and he was arrested after he allegedly opened the consignment.
Further police inquiries allegedly revealed a Southern River man, also 28, was also involved in the importation and he was arrested.
An investigation into the importation was launched earlier this month after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in Perth intercepted a package that contained 16 small cardboard boxes with a purse in each.
ABF officers examined the consignment and allegedly found a vacuum sealed bag of white powder within each purse. The substance returned a positive presumptive test for cocaine.
The matter was referred to the AFP and officers removed the illicit drugs before the package was delivered to the Willagee home.
Police will allege the Willagee man signed for the package and later opened the package and sent images of the contents to the Southern River man.
Both men have been charged with:
- importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely cocaine, contrary to subsection 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
- attempted to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.5(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.
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