A Swedish man was caught trying to smuggle over $8 million worth of drugs into Australia using the lining of his suitcases.
The man had originated in Turkey and was traveling with two suitcases. Officials pulled him aside for secondary screening. After running his bags through the x-ray machine, his bags were brought over to an inspection area for further screening.
After the contents were emptied out, his “empty” bags still weighed 20 pounds each. The drugs were found in the lining. Officials noticed what appeared to be a brown substance, which later tested positive for crystal methamphetamine, popularly known as ICE.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested the man and he now sits in jail awaiting trial. AF Commander Kylie Flower said:
This was a brazen attempt to sidestep authorities and bring a significant amount of ice into our homes.
While these drugs have an estimated street value of $9 to $12 million, the human cost to our communities would have been far greater.
If you are a methylamphetamine user, know that you are being taken advantage of by people who do not care for your health, your family or your finances.
I’m of the opinion that Singapore gets it right for those who try to smuggle lethal, addictive drugs into a country.
This man won’t suffer that fate. What is truly sad is that so many likely slip by unnoticed.