Australia: Airport bust exposes 4kg of cocaine in traveller’s bags

A Spanish-Bolivian dual national has been accused of attempting to smuggle 4kg of cocaine into Australia in his luggage.

The 56-year-old landed at Melbourne Airport on Monday aboard a flight from Doha, Qatar before his bags came to the attention of Australian Border Force officers.

They allegedly discovered a substance concealed in the lining of two suitcases, with testing returning a positive result for cocaine.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.3 million and equates to 20,000 individual street deals, the border force and Australian Federal Police said in a joint statement.

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