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TC arrested in Australia after attempting to smuggle $3.5m worth of ‘ice’

A Turkish Cypriot man was arrested and charged at Sydney International Airport after authorities found methamphetamine concealed in the lining of his suitcase.

TC arrested in Australia after attempting to smuggle $3.5m worth of ‘ice’

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Cyprus Today sources have confirmed the nationality of the 47-year-old, who could face life imprisonment. TRNC police said authorities are investigating the matter.

The man was selected for a baggage examination after arriving in Sydney off a flight from Doha, Qatar on 07 October 2018. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers X-rayed the man’s bag and noted inconsistencies in the X-ray image.

After further inspection of the bag, ABF officers located a crystalline substance secreted in the lining of the suitcase. The substance was subsequently tested and gave positive indication for the drug methamphetamine, sometimes known as “ice”.

The estimated total weight of the drug is approximately 4 kilograms, with an estimated street value of about $3.5m.

ABF officers referred the case to the Australian Federal Police who attended and subsequently charged the man with importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine. The man appeared at Central Local Court on 8 October 2018 where he was formally refused bail and remanded in custody. He will next appear on 5 December 2018.

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