Two people were charged for attempting to bring several bottles of shampoo filled with heroin into Melbourne Airport.
Customs officers took a second look at the bottles of shampoo the 45 year old American was carrying, believed to be travelling from Nepal to Melbourne, after passing through an x-ray machine on October 13. Subsequent searches found two additional bottles in her possession, with the heroin totalling approximatey 1Kg.
Two days later a man was arrested from Sierra Leone when he allegedly tried to take possession o fthe shampoo bottles. He was later charged with attempting to possess a marketable amount of drugs and the woman with importing and possession of a marketable amount of drugs.
The pair made their first appearance in Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 16 and if convicted face up to 25 years in jail and a $550,000 fine.