Woman charged with importing and possessing drugs
A 32-year-old Cambodian woman faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with importing drugs into Australia concealed inside her body.
Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the woman for questioning when she arrived at the Melbourne International Airport on a flight from Cambodia via Bangkok on Saturday, 24 April.
During questioning, Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious that the woman may have been concealing drugs internally.
The woman was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and taken to hospital for medical examination.
While in custody the woman allegedly passed 348 pellets, weighing approximately 900 grams in total, that contained a substance, believed to be heroin.
Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
The woman was charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, and possessing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug.
April 29, 2010
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