US student allegedly smuggled meth

AN AMERICAN student has been charged after allegedly attempting to smuggle about 2kg of methamphetamine into Australia.

Customs and Border Protection officers at Brisbane Airport allegedly found the drugs when they checked the bag of the 23-year-old, who had arrived on a flight from Papua-New Guinea.

The officers became suspicious about the weight of the woman's bag during the search.

An x-ray allegedly revealed inconsistencies in the lining and side compartments of the bag and a white substance and presumptive tests indicated the presence of methamphetamine.

While the final weight of the drug is yet to be determined, officers believe the woman was allegedly attempting to import around 2kg of the drug.

She was arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police with one count of importing and exporting commercial quantities of border controlled drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and/or an $825,000 fine.

Customs acting national manager airport operations north Tim Sheppard said the operation demonstrated the value of the agency's targeting and analysis techniques.



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