On 12 July 2011 the defendant arrived in Australia at the Brisbane International Airport from Dakar, Senegal via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. On attending the arrivals hall, the defendant was subject to an ACBPS baggage examination. X-ray examination of the defendant’s suitcase revealed a substance secreted within the retractable trolley handle assembly and black plastic frame of the defendant’s suitcase. The substance was found to contain 1294.2g of pure methamphetamine.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to 1 count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug pursuant to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code. Following a 3 day trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland the defendant was found guilty of the offence.
On 7 November 2012 the defendant was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 6 years. The defendant’s subsequent appeal against conviction and sentence was dismissed.