Ex-flight attendant jailed in Australia for smuggling heroin

PETALING JAYA: A former Malaysia Airlines flight attendant was jailed for five years and six months after he pleaded guilty to smuggling heroin on a Melbourne-bound flight last year.

Australian news portal ABC.net reported that Fariq Aqbal Omar, 34, pleaded guilty to importing “a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug”.

Farid was captured on CCTV walking through Melbourne Airport “with his trouser pockets and vest bulging with 10 wrapped blocks of pure heroin”.

The Victorian County Court was told that Farid deposited them into his suitcase in an airport bathroom before boarding a bus with other cabin crew, but was nabbed by Australian Border Force officials.

The father of two told police he had smuggled the drugs in packages — which he believed contained illegal tobacco — for a former colleague and another man who promised to pay him A$500.

Judge Wendy Wilmoth said it was difficult to understand how Farid had been enticed to smuggle the drugs for “such a small fee”.

“It was clumsily executed and entirely lacking in sophistication,” she was quoted as saying.

Fariq, the court was told, had been regarded well professionally and socially before his arrest.

“Your actions have resulted in a very significant fall for you,” Wilmoth said.

Fariq will spend a minimum of three years in jail before becoming eligible for parole.