Perth Teenager Charged with Drug Smuggling for Allegedly Trying to Import 22kg of Heroin from China

A 17-year-old girl has been charged over her alleged role in a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling operation bringing heroin into Australia from China.

Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the Perth teen’s home earlier this month where they allegedly uncovered a package that was supposed to contain 22kg of heroin hidden in her bedroom wardrobe.

The dangerous drug had been switched out by investigators after a consignment of 254 vacuum sealed blocks of ‘half-catti’ Double UOGlobe-branded heroin was flagged by Chinese authorities, police say.

The National Narcotics Control Commission and the Guangdong Narcotics Control Board in China intercepted multiple suspicious consignments destined for Australia.

When they examined the packages they discovered 74.5kg of heroin destined for three locations in Newcastle and one in Perth, police say.

The Chinese drug investigators tipped off the Australian Federal Police’s Guangzhou Office who then conjured up the scheme to switch out the drugs for a harmless substance and send the packages on to their intended addresses in Australia.

A joint operation involving heavily armed police also charged a 23-year-old man after he allegedly collected one of the four consignments sent to a residence in Lambton, Newcastle.

Both the 17 and 23 year-old were refused bail and have been remanded in custody.

They are both charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs – an offense which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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