A man has been caught with six Kinder Surprise containers inside him at Melbourne airport, allegedly attempting to smuggle 120 grams of cocaine into the country.
The 28-year-old from Ireland was pulled aside at the airport on December 28 after a random check detected the presence of cocaine on his baggage, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said.
He was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital for a CT scan where he excreted the six containers allegedly containing cocaine.
Photos shard by the AFP show the containers tied in small plastic bags.
AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Salmon said the arrest highlighted the extreme lengths people will go to to evade detection.
"Smuggling drugs internally is idiotic — there is the real risk that something could go wrong, resulting in a potentially fatal drug overdose or permanent damage to internal organs," he said.
Australia Border Force Acting Superintendent Aviation Travellers, Ian Beasant, said this detection should reinforce to those attempting to bring drugs into Australia that no matter how you conceal illicit substances, you will be caught.
“It is not worth risking your health by attempting to internally transport drugs into our country as ABF officers are highly trained in detection and will ensure that you are stopped at the border,” Acting Superintendent Beasant said.
The man was charged with one count of importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail if convicted.
He appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on December 30 and was remanded in custody to appear for a committal mention on March 27.
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