Perth teenager charged with drug smuggling for allegedly trying to import 22kg of heroin from China
A 17-year-old Perth girl has been charged as part of an international investigation into drug smuggling after allegedly trying to import 22 kilograms of heroin from China.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) worked with Chinese law enforcement agencies last month to seize roughly 74.5 kg of heroin found in vacuum-sealed foil bags.
The heroin had a street value of $55 million and, according to AFP commander Asia Peter Sykora, could have been sold to as many as 745,000 people.
After the packages were intercepted, officers notified the AFP's Guangzhou office and replaced the heroin with an "inert substance", before sending them to their destined locations.
It is alleged an organised crime syndicate was trying to transport packages from China to three destinations in New South Wales and one in Western Australia.
Joint AFP and Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators arrested the Perth teenager on May 4, after they found an open package meant to contain 22 kg of heroin in her bedroom wardrobe.
The 17-year-old was refused bail and faced the Perth Children's Court on May 4, charged with one …
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