ABOUT 37 kilograms of cocaine has been discovered spread between five passengers' luggage at Sydney International Airport.
The group of four Canadians and one American were stopped by Australian Border Force officers, who allegedly discovered "81 tightly sealed packages containing a white powdery substance", later shown likely to be cocaine.
The street value of the drugs is thought to be more than $11.4 million.
The five will now face drug importation charges.
The Australian Federal Police are now investigating further.
Australian Border Force Regional Commander Tim Fitzgerald said the significant seizure was located in the lining of eight checked in bags belonging to the passengers.
"This seizure highlights the effectiveness of our ABF airport officers in detecting and disrupting organised criminal gangs using drug couriers to attempt to import these dangerous illegal drugs through our international airports," said Commander Fitzgerald.
"This illicit drug detection of five passengers is even more outstanding in the pre-Christmas peak period when approximately 49,500 passengers were processed."
AFP Airport Police Commander Sharon Cowden said the five passengers could face up to life imprisonment for this attempted import.
"This is a clear warning to people intending to take advantage of the busy holiday travel period that the AFP will continue to work with our partners to stop the importation of drugs through our airports," Commander Cowden said.
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