Customs media release
Woman charged for heroin in sport shoes - Monday, 25th May 2009
Joint media release - Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Federal Police
A 56-year-old Merrylands woman will face Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing an estimated $400,000 worth of heroin into Australia.
Australian Customs and Border Protection officers at Sydney International Airport stopped the woman and searched her baggage after she arrived on a flight from Vietnam yesterday (Sunday, 24 May 2009).
During the baggage examination, officers became suspicious that the woman might be carrying drugs on her person.
A subsequent x-ray of the woman's sports shoes revealed anomalies in the base of the shoes.
The soles of the shoes were pierced and a white powder was revealed. Presumptive testing of the powder indicated a positive result for heroin.
The weight of the powder is approximately 1.4 kilograms. Further forensic testing will confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance.
The woman was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and was charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine.
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