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West Australian woman charged for allegedly importing 1.5kg of heroin

“Our message is very simple – do not attempt to do this or we will catch you and you will face the full legal consequences.”

A West Australian woman has been charged with allegedly importing about 1.5kg of heroin concealed in her luggage.

The Kardinya woman, 43, was stopped by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Brisbane International Airport on Monday 8 January, 2024, after arriving on a flight from Singapore.

ABF officers discovered anomalies in the woman’s suitcase and on further examination allegedly located about 1.5kg of a substance hidden in the lining.

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A presumptive test of the substance by ABF officers returned a positive result for heroin.

Further forensic testing will be undertaken by the AFP to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The AFP were contacted and the woman was arrested.

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Image: WA woman heroin 2024 (Source: AFP)

AFP Superintendent Adrian Telfer said the AFP worked closely with the ABF to protect the community and prevent any amount of illicit drugs from being brought into Australia.

“This amount of heroin has an estimated potential street value of $525,000 and could have accounted for about 7,500 individual hits of heroin, had it reached the Australian community.”

He added:

“This arrest should serve as yet another clear warning to anyone attempting to bring illicit drugs into Australia – you will be caught and you will be brought before the court.”

The woman was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled substance, namely heroin, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) and remanded in custody to face court today.

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ABF Acting Commander Jim Ley praised officers at the border for their detection, and for the role they play in protecting the Australian community from the scourge of illegal drugs.

“Our message is very simple – do not attempt to do this or we will catch you and you will face the full legal consequences.”

The maximum penalty for this offence is up to 25 years’ imprisonment.

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