US Woman Caught Smuggling Meth in Adelaide Airport, Faces Life Sentence

Australia, Police

A 60-year-old US woman was arrested at Adelaide Airport after attempting to smuggle more than two kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia.

The incident occurred on Friday (21 June), when Australian Border Force (ABF) officials selected the woman for a baggage examination following her arrival on an international flight.

During the search, officers discovered two vacuum-sealed plastic bags filled with clothing, inside which they found a white powdery substance.

Presumptive testing confirmed the substance as methamphetamine.

Acting Superintendent Simon Lalic of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) stated that the AFP and its partners are “relentless in disrupting all levels of the drug trade” to protect the Australian community.

The ABF, along with their partner agencies at home and abroad, are cracking down on global criminal networks responsible for fueling the Australian drug trade.

ABF Chief Superintendent Bart England stressed the damaging effects of methamphetamine on individuals, families, and society.

The woman was charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, contrary to section 307.

Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

She faces life imprisonment as a maximum penalty.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an average of 27 people were admitted to the hospital each day in 2021-22 for methamphetamine-related issues, demonstrating the significant impact on the healthcare system.