Elderly Woman Caught Smuggling 7kg of Heroin into Sydney Airport: AFP and ABF join forces

Australia, Police

In a recent joint operation, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) apprehended a 62-year-old NSW woman for allegedly attempting to import more than 7kg of heroin into Sydney.

The woman, who was refused bail and faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

This follows an incident on July 6th, 2024, where ABF officers selected her for a baggage examination upon her international flight arrival.

The officers located several plastic packages in her suitcase, which, upon presumptive testing, indicated the substance to be heroin.

The ABF reported the incident to AFP officers who subsequently conducted further investigations and questioned the woman.

The woman was remanded in custody to reappear in court on September 4th, 2024.

AFP Detective Superintendent Morgen Blunden reinforced the relentless pursuit of disrupting the drug supply chain.

The market for illicit drugs in Australia is strong,” said Detective Supt.

Blunden, “but the AFP and its partners will continue to work tirelessly to combat the supply of these dangerous substances into Australia.

ABF Acting Superintendent Clint Unwin further echoed this sentiment, stating: “Our message is clear: whatever illicit substance criminals try to import, and however they try to hide it, they will face significant consequences.

This case underscores the ongoing commitment of the AFP and ABF in safeguarding Australia’s borders and protecting its citizens.