Two men from Taiwan were arrested at Brisbane International Airport Thursday, after being found to be carrying 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine strapped to their bodies.
Australian Border police first intercepted a 20 year old man who was found to be carrying a crystal substance hidden in body braces. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. A 19 year-old man was arrested later the same day after arriving on a different flight.
Border police said that the men were carrying a combined total of 4.5 kilograms of meth. Both men were charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.
The men face a possible maximum life sentence if found guilty, according to an Australian Federal Police media release.
Australian Border Force Acting Regional Commander for Queensland Julie Pettrey said the detections were a testament to the skill of airport officers.
“Here we have two individuals arriving on separate flights that our officers have identified as being linked and as a result, we have stopped a co-ordinated attempt to import a significant amount of methamphetamine into Queensland,” she said.
AFP State Manager Queensland Commander Sharon Cowden said the AFP arrests were a result of good border processes and positive work between law enforcement partners to prevent and stop the importation of drugs into Australia.
“This should serve as a warning to anyone attempting to bring drugs into Australia, you will be caught and face the consequences,” Commander Cowden said.
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