brisbanetimes April 21, 2008-9:32AM
Woman charged with smuggling cocaine into Brisbane airport.
A Taiwanese woman was allegedly caught trying to smuggle cocaine through Brisbane Airport last Friday.
The 25-year-old was allegedly found with the drug concealed in Peruvian handicrafts after arriving on a flight from Santiago in Chile.
A customs dog reacted positively to the woman after she left the aircraft, an Australian Federal Police spokesman said.
Quarantine officers x-rayed her bags and referred her to Customs. The woman was questioned and officers became suspicious of a series of wall hangings in her possession.
The items were also x-rayed and officers discovered a concealed compartment in the frames.
Subsequent testing allegedly revealed the presence of cocaine.
The woman was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.
She was remanded in custody to reappear on May 30. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and an $825,000 fine.