A man has been arrested and charged after allegedly trying to import 120g of cocaine internally using Kinder Surprise capsules.
The Irish national was allegedly found with six of the capsules – used to stow children’s toys inside Kinder Surprise eggs – inside of him.
The 28-year-old was selected for a baggage examination by the Australian Border Force (ABF) after he touched down in Melbourne on a flight from the Middle East.
Upon testing, the man’s baggage allegedly returned a positive result for cocaine, prompting officers to take a look at his person.
He was transported to Royal Melbourne Hospital for a CT scan.
He later excreted six yellow plastic capsules which allegedly contained a total of about 120g of cocaine.
The drugs would have a street value of around $36,000.
The move to try to smuggle the drugs into Australia internally has been slammed by AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Salmon.
“Smuggling drugs internally is idiotic – there is the real risk that something could go wrong, resulting in a potentially fatal drug overdose or permanent damage to internal organs,” Superintendent Salmon said.
Officers charged the man with one count of importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years’ imprisonment.
He appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on December 30, 2022 and will remain in custody for a committal mention on March 27.