91-year-old Aussie faces jail for cocaine 'soap' from India




91-year-old Aussie faces jail for cocaine 'soap' from India

Australian authorities have charged a 91-year-old Sydney man with importing cocaine disguised as soap, as they warned travelers against becoming unwitting drug couriers.
Federal police said the suspect was charged in July over 4.5 kilograms of cocaine allegedly brought into Sydney in his luggage from India.

“A search of the man's luggage discovered 27 packages of soap,'' police and the Australian Border Force said in a statement.

“Presumptive testing of the soap showed positive readings for cocaine.''

The elderly man appeared in a Sydney local court today. He told reporters outside that he had been taken advantage of, Australian Associated Press reported.

However, acting assistant commissioner Wayne Buchhorn warned that travelers could be prosecuted even if they unknowingly brought drugs into the country.

“Claiming ignorance of drugs hidden inside your luggage does not automatically mean you will not face criminal charges,'' he said.

“People can expect they will be charged if they knowingly bring drugs into Australia, or are reckless or wilfully blind to the fact that there could be narcotics concealed inside their luggage or items they are carrying.''

The 91-year-old man has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controled drug, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.—AFP
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