French nationals in Australia drugs bust

18th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, Nov 18 (AFP) - Five men have been arrested by Australian police allegedly carrying hundreds of packs of cocaine inside their bodies, police and customs said on Tuesday.

SYDNEY, Nov 18 (AFP) - Five men have been arrested by Australian police allegedly carrying hundreds of packs of cocaine inside their bodies, police and customs said on Tuesday.

The five, including three Frenchmen and a German, were arrested after they arrived at Sydney's airport on a flight from Singapore last Friday. Four have been charged with importing a prohibited import and the fifth is also expected to be charged, police said.

"The men were then taken by federal agents to a Sydney hospital for medical examinations which allegedly revealed each was carrying large quantities of foreign objects internally," police and customs said in a joint statement.

There was no indication how the drugs were carried, but smugglers often swallow then stuffed into small plastic bags or condoms.

"Three men have been released from hospital care into police custody after passing a number of packages," it said. "Two men remain under police guard in hospital awaiting medical clearance."

The five men are alleged to have carried around three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine between them in a total of 350 packages. The arrests were the result of joint work with Singapore and Indonesian police.

A 45-year-old Australian, a 42-year-old Frenchman and a 45-year-old Frenchman have appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

A 46-year-old German has been charged and is expected to appear in court on November 21, while a 30-year-old Frenchman is expected to be charged shortly, police and customs said.


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