MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A 91-year-old retired oral surgeon was caught in an attempt to import cocaine hidden in soap to Australia, ABC News reported Tuesday.
According to the media, Twartz was charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, and will have to appear in court on October 6.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) warned about older and vulnerable Australians unknowingly becoming drug couriers.
"Claiming ignorance of drugs hidden inside your luggage does not automatically mean you will not face criminal charges. People can expect they will be charged if they knowingly bring drugs into Australia or are reckless or wilfully blind to the fact that there could be narcotics concealed inside their luggage or items they are carrying," AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Wayne Buchhorn was quoted as saying by the media.
Last Wednesday, more than two dozen Australians were detained in China on drug smuggling charges, after being lured into becoming drug mules.