South African woman charged with smuggling six kilos of cocaine through Perth Airport
August 19 2017 by David Allan-Petale
The 32-year-old woman arrived in Perth on Friday night on a flight from Johannesburg, and was selected for a baggage search, police said.
Australian Border Force officers found six suspicious packages hidden inside books, which were then tested, and came back positive for cocaine.
The woman was arrested by Australian Federal Police, who charged her with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug – an offence which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The AFP said the exact weight and purity of the cocaine would be subject to further forensic testing.
The woman is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrate Court on Saturday.