Three Canadians accused of smuggling heroin into Australia

November 24, 2013 3:55 AM

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Three Canadians and one Dutch citizen are scheduled to appear in court after being charged with smuggling nearly 40 pounds of heroin into Australia.

Border security officials stopped four individuals after noticing their eight bags were “unusually heavy,” Australian police say.

X-rays revealed that packages containing heroin had been built into the bottom of each bag.

“This was a sophisticated operation, involving multiple people and numerous bags,” airport official Dean Hogarth said in a statement earlier this week.

The two men, aged 21 and 20, and two women, aged 19 and 17, were arrested after arriving at Melbourne Airport from China on Nov. 18.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development confirmed in an email to CTV News Saturday evening that consular services are being provided “to three Canadian citizens who have been arrested in Australia.”

“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” the email said.

Last month, Australian police arrested eight Canadians after busting a Canadian-led international syndicate that imported nearly $300-million worth of drug-making material into Australia.

Police said the chemicals came from India and were used to produce crystal meth.

The arrests came after an 18-month investigation known as Operation Diamondback.


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