A 32-year-old Nigerian could be jailed in Australia for life for allegedly smuggling $10 million worth of methamphetamine into the country inside a gaudy fish statue.
Sydney border force officers found 10kg of the highly addictive drug hidden, also known as ice, inside one of three gold-coloured fish statues destined for a residential address in Kaleen, north of Canberra.
Police were alerted and arrested the Nigerian after he picked up the statues, removed the drugs, and tried to board a bus bound for Sydney.
He was scheduled to face an Australian Capital Territory Magistrate court yesterday.
The drug stash, which had been imported from China, was found on the man when he was arrested, police say.
The Nigerian, who arrived in Australia in July on a student visa, faces a maximum penalty of life in jail if he’s convicted of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an illegal drug.
In September, two Nigerians were similarly arrested in Australia for importing more than 40kg of methamphetamine into the country.
The men were identified as 51-year-old Iwuchukwu Odemegwo and Chibuike Anyasor. The duo concealed the drug inside bar fridges and Jackie Chan-branded DVD players.
By Pita Ochai