Taiwanese National Caught Smuggling 20kg of Meth in Wine Bottles and Herbal Tea at Sydney Airport

Australia, Police

A Taiwanese national has been charged with allegedly importing over 20kg of methamphetamine concealed in wine bottles and herbal tea in his carry-on luggage at Sydney International Airport, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF).

The man, aged 27, was intercepted by ABF officers after arriving on a flight from Thailand on Tuesday (19 March, 2024).

Upon inspection, ABF officers discovered methamphetamine concealed in the man’s luggage, which included a carry-on bag and checked-in suitcase.

The man was recorded as travelling to Australia for a five-day visit, but was arrested by the AFP after they were called upon by the ABF.

He was later charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.

Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The man appeared in Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 20 March, 2024 and was formally refused bail.

He is expected to reappear in the same court on 15 May, 2024.

Despite all the risks involved, we are still arresting people attempting to bring illicit drugs into our country through our airports,” said AFP Sydney Airport Police Commander Morgen Blunden, adding that the AFP and its partners were committed to stamping out criminality in the airport environment, including by transnational drug syndicates.

Our ABF officers are exceptionally skilled to identify and question travellers who may be attempting to import illicit substances into our country,” said ABF Travel East Commander Rosemaree Cracknell, adding that passengers who test their luck should know that Border Force officers are watching, ready to stop them in their tracks.

The incident highlights the ongoing efforts of the Australian Border Force and AFP to prevent illicit drugs from entering the country, as well as the creative methods employed by transnational drug syndicates to smuggle drugs into Australia.