A 26-year-old Malaysian national is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court today, charged with attempting to import methamphetamine, suspended in champagne, through Perth International Airport.
On Saturday 26 March 2016, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers questioned a man who arrived on a flight from Malaysia and his luggage was subsequently examined. Two boxed 1.5-litre bottles of champagne were located, and it appeared the seal on one of the boxes containing the bottles had been broken.
ABF officers conducted a presumptive test of the bottle’s contents, which gave a positive indication for methamphetamine, commonly known as ice.
Further testing will be undertaken to determine the exact weight and purity of the drugs seized.
The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who arrested the man and charged him with attempting to import a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to subsection 307.2(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.