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Woman charged with importing cocaine

A 32-year-old South African national has been charged with attempting to import approximately six kilograms of cocaine into Perth International Airport last night.

After arriving on a flight from Johannesburg, the woman was selected for a baggage examination by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

During the examination, ABF officers detected six packages concealed in six books. Initial testing returned a positive result for the border controlled drug cocaine.

The exact weight and purity of the cocaine will be subject to further forensic testing.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) attended and arrested the woman. She was later charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

The woman is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrate Court on 19 August.

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