British Woman Charged Over 4kg Meth Import into Australia

Australia, Police


BRISBANE, Australia—A British national is facing life imprisonment after allegedly attempting to import a massive 4kg of methamphetamine into Australia.

The woman, 34, was remanded in custody following her first court appearance on July 1, 2024, and is expected to return to Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 19, 2024.

The suspect first caught the attention of Australian Border Force (ABF) officers when a narcotic detection dog flagged a positive reaction to her luggage upon arrival at Brisbane International Airport from Canada on June 29, 2024.

Further scrutiny by ABF officers revealed that her suitcase contained two clip seal bags, hidden within a towel, containing a suspicious white substance.

Preliminary testing of the substance returned a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.

AFP officers arrested and charged the woman with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, as stipulated by section 307.

Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

Thus, she now faces the maximum penalty for this offense, life imprisonment.

The seized 4kg of methamphetamine, estimated to have a street value of $4 million, could potentially be divided into 40,000 street deals, thus dealing a major blow to Australian families and society at large.

Addressing the issue, AFP Superintendent Sascha Austin lamented the damage that methamphetamine inflicts on society and emphasized the AFP’s commitment to catching those behind the illicit drug trade.

ABF Acting Commander Troy Sokoloff further warned drug couriers that the Australian Border Force is merciless in its pursuit of those attempting to harm the Australian community.

Sokoloff urged individuals involved in drug smuggling to prepare to face the full force of the law.