A balding pensioner and his wife have been seized by customs officials in Australia while trafficking a EUR 1 million haul of 10 kilos of crystal meth.
German OAPs Wilfried and Vera D. – both aged 69 – are accused of importing methamphetamine from Zimbabwe through Sydney International Airport on Monday, 4th July, 2022.
The couple – from Panketal, Brandenburg, Germany – reportedly left for Zimbabwe on Tuesday, 21st June.
After leaving their goldfish and keys with their neighbour, they told him they would be back on 10th July.
But they were seized at the Australian border with 10 kilogrammes (22 lbs) of the illicit drug on their way from to Germany from Zimbabwe.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) reported they found the substance concealed in the lining of the couple’s two suitcases and immediately seized it.
They were officially charged with “importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug” and are facing life imprisonment if found guilty.
Detective Sergeant Polic said: “The likelihood that two people can act alone to source a commercial quantity of methamphetamine is rare – organised crime syndicates are often behind such importations.”
He added: “The AFP continues to diligently work to identify and dismantle criminal groups responsible for the importation of illicit drugs into Australia, particularly those seeking to exploit the increased number of arriving flights catering for the resumption of international travel.
“The AFP and its law enforcement partners remain committed to disrupting organised crime syndicates who seek to harm Australians.”
Australian Border Force Commander Trade and Travel Operations East, Sue Drennan, revealed that this is one of the many drug smuggling that they managed to intercept in 2022.
She said: “Our highly trained officers have significant skill and technological capability when it comes to detecting drugs at the border.
“We are alert to the different ways criminals try to conceal and move their drugs, and those considering bringing drugs into Australia would do well to remember that – or face the consequences.”
The couple were scheduled to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, 31st August but details of the hearing have not been made public.