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Mother And Daughter Carrying Heroin

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Joint Australian Federal Police and Customs Media Release

Two Ascot Vale women have been charged today with importing a total 200 grams of heroin internally into Australia from Vietnam.

A 71-year-old woman and her 49-year-old daughter are expected to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The pair was stopped by Customs officers for a baggage search after arriving at Melbourne International Airport on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City on 14 August.

During a search, Customs officers allegedly found a package in the underwear of the older woman which is believed to have been concealed internally.

Presumptive testing of the powder tested positive to heroin.

Both women were referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and taken to hospital for a medical examination. Both examinations indicated possible concealments inside their bodies.

The 71-year-old woman psouthern ended two pellets containing a white powder and the 49-year-old woman psouthern ended one package.

The total weight was approximately 200 grams, with an estimated street value of $60,000.

AFP agents charged both women with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.2 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment and or a fine of $550,000.

Taken From:www.afp.gov.au

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