A Queensland woman is facing life in prison after being charged with importing 14kg of methamphetamine from Mexico.
Border Force officers allegedly found the drugs hidden inside boxes labelled as Mexican handicrafts that had arrived in international airfreight at Brisbane Airport last Thursday.
AFP officers then made a replica of the drug consignment and had it delivered to an address in Surfers Paradise yesterday where it was allegedly accepted by a 29-year-old Colombian national.
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When police raided the property they found parts of the replica boxes had been cut apart where the drugs were concealed in the original consignment.
Police also seized a number of electronic devices, a passport and documentation.
The woman was charged with import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine and attempt possess commercial quantity unlawfully imported border controlled drug and has been given bail to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on October 18.
The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
Commander Chris Waters said Border Force had access to drug concealment intelligence and technology that meant they were able to unearth carefully hidden consignments.
“The message to those who attempt to bring illicit drugs across the Australian border is clear – you will be identified, and you will be stopped,” he said.Internet Explorer Channel Network