Photo: Australian Federal Police
- Federal Police warn Australians of online scammers recruiting drug mules online
- Victor Thwartz, 91, was caught passing through customs with 27 packages of ‘soap’ containing 4.5 kg of cocaine
Thwartz was apprehended by Australian Border Force officers upon arrival after a flight from New Delhi to Sydney on the 8th of July.
The former oral surgeon from Epping has told the ABC’s 7:30 Report that he had befriended people from India prior to his trip. When he was ready to board his flight home, they gave him a bag “containing gifts for people back home” (ABC).
AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Wayne Buchhorn said
Claiming ignorance of drugs hidden inside your luggage does not automatically mean you will not face criminal charges. 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
Source: Australian Federal Police
The AFP have issued a warning for Australians that overseas drug syndicates are tricking people into unknowingly carrying drugs with them back to Australia.
There are currently 12 Australians being held in Chinese prisons over similar cases to Victor Thwartz.
He has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine and will appear in court on October 8th. If convicted, he would be the world’s oldest drug trafficker.