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31-year old Canadian facing life in prison for smuggling drugs into Oz

By Jay Jackson, Chicago News.Net
29 Jan 2020, 16:04 GMT+10

SYDNEY, Australia - A Canadian man will appear in court next month, after allegedly trying to im port two kilograms of meth into Australia.

The man flew into Sydney last week on a flight from Qatar, after earlier departing Istanbul in Turkey.

He initially appeared in court over the Australia Day long weekend.

The saga began on Saturday night when Australian Border Force officers stopped a 31-year-old Canadian man at Sydney International Airport, where he had arrived on board a flight from Istanbul via Doha, ther Qatar capital. His suitcase was examined by border force officers, where a white substance was discovered in the lining.

Australian Federal Police officers arrested the man and will allege in court that around two kilograms of methamphetamine was detected inside the lining of the suitcase. The exact weight and purity will be the subject of further forensic testing, they said.

The man appeared before Parramatta Local Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody to reappear before Sydney Central Local Court on 5 March 2020.

The man has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled substance, for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.

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