Australian teen charged with smuggling meth in coffee packets from Malaysia

The Australian Border Force found the drugs in an air cargo consignment after scans found inconsistencies with the description of goods submitted.

PERTH: A Perth teenager has been charged with importing 93g of methamphetamine (meth) hidden in coffee sachets sent from Malaysia.

The Australian Border Force found the drugs in an air cargo consignment on Sept 9 after scans were inconsistent with the description of goods submitted.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested the 19-year-old at his Booragoon home on Tuesday.

The teenager, charged with attempting to possess illegally imported controlled drugs, faces up to 25 years in jail if found guilty.

He will appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

He is the second Perth resident to be charged by the AFP over the past month over drugs sent in packages from Malaysia.

In August, a 35-year-old Maddington man was charged with attempting to possess 114g of meth, which was allegedly hidden in a can of cooling powder sent from Malaysia.

AFP’s Tim Underhill said the sale of 95g of meth in the first case could net A$190,000 (RM786,000) in street deals, while 114g was worth A$228,000.

“Methamphetamine causes harm not only to users but also to the broader community because drugs are a key factor in a range of serious criminal offences,” he said.