fw:Police 'probe suspected airport drug ring'
Police 'probe suspected airport drug ring'Wednesday Dec 5 09:42 AEDT
By ninemsn staffPolice are reportedly investigating whether Sydney airport workers are part of a drug trafficking ring after nearly 6kg of cocaine was found in a US plane.The drugs were found in a rubbish bin inside the toilet cubicle of a Boeing 747 that landed in Sydney from Los Angeles on Sunday morning.Customs officials searched the United Airlines plane after a tip-off from US authorities.
Sources have told The Daily Telegraph such a large amount of cocaine could not have passed undetected through Australian Customs.This suggests the courier dumped the drugs in the bin deliberately and the stash was intended to be collected by airport cleaners or caterers who do not have to pass Customs during the course of their working day, the source said.Customs suspected the courier got "cold feet" and dumped the drugs rather than try and get them past the authorities.The cocaine — which has an estimated street value of $660,000 — was found in the one of the plane's rear toilets in 12 "shrink-wrapped" blocks, Customs said in a statement."It's pretty obvious that whoever planned to import these drugs got cold feet at some stage," Customs spokeswoman Gayle Brown said.The newspaper said the courier was thought to have been a female American passenger, who has since flown out of Australia.