Malaysian man in Perth Magistrates Court on meth importation charges

Malaysian man in Perth Magistrates Court on meth importation charges

A 40-year-old Malaysian man was allegedly found with more than 3kgs of methamphetamine hidden inside an esky at Perth Airport.

He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today charged over the alleged importation of 3.9kgs of methylamphetamine.

The man arrived at Perth International Airport on October 27 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur and was subjected to a full baggage examination by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

A trace detection technology swab from the man’s esky returned an alleged positive result for meth and a subsequent x-ray showed a number of packages hidden in the structure of the item.

The man’s visa was cancelled and he was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers.

He was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

ABF Regional Commander for WA, Rod O’Donnell, said ABF officers are constantly on alert for illicit drugs coming through Perth Airport.

“Our officers are highly trained and use a range of assessment techniques to identify travellers of interest and then use cutting-edge x-ray and detection technology to identify prohibited items crossing the border,” Commander O’Donnell said.

AFP State Manager Western Australia Greg Harrigan said Australia’s strong economy compared to the rest of the world makes us an attractive market for illicit drugs and organised criminals from around the world.

“Drugs are a great burden on our community, especially through drug-related crime and the associated health and social costs. This arrest shows that police and our partners remain diligent in identifying, arresting and prosecuting those involved in this type of activity.”