Aussie appears in court on drug charges; Travelled to Melbourne under false name
25 April, 2018, 2:38 pm
A 37-YEAR-old Australian man faced court yesterday after he was caught at Melbourne Airport for attempting to transport half a kilogram of methamphetamine while travelling under a false name.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested the man on Monday afternoon (April 23) shortly after his flight landed in Melbourne from Launceston, northern Tasmania, having been notified that a false name may have been provided to the airline.
Australian Police said their officers searched the man and found approximately 520 grams of a crystalline substance in two clear packages strapped to his body. Initial testing returned a positive result for methamphetamine.
The man faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with: using false identification information, with the result that an air passenger ticket for a constitutional flight, contrary to subsection 376.4(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); possessing a substance, the substance being a controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to subsection 308.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); and
trafficking in a substance, the substance being a controlled drug, namely methamphetamine and the quantity trafficked being a marketable quantity, contrary to subsection 302.3(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The man was remanded in custody and will reappear in court on July 31.