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Brazilian man charged for attempting to import 3kg cocaine into Sydney on New Year’s eve

Brazilian man charged for attempting to import 3kg cocaine into Sydney on New Year’s eve

BRASILIA: A Brazilian national has been charged with attempting to import 3kg of cocaine through Sydney Airport on New Year’s Day.Robson Luiz Carsten, 41, appeared before Parramatta Local Court yesterday after Customs officers selected him for a baggage exam when he arrived on a flight from Brazil via the United Arab Emirates.

It is alleged that during an X-ray of his suitcases, officers noted inconsistencies.

Deconstruction of the bags found a white powder which tested positive for cocaine.The man was referred to the AFP who later charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

Carsten didn’t apply for bail and will remain in custody until he appears at Central Local Court on February 18.Australian Customs regional commander Tim Fitzgerald said the latest seizure serves as a warning to potential drug smugglers.It may be the holiday season but when it comes to protecting Australia’s borders our officers do not rest,” Mr Fitzgerald said.This detection exemplifies the commitment we have to stopping drugs from reaching our streets.”