'Bulges' Under Flight Attendant's Clothing Led To Massive Heroin Find
A former Malaysian Airlines flight attendant has admitted to smuggling more than 2.5 kilograms of heroin into Melbourne airport hidden in his clothes.
Flight attendant Fariq Aqbal Omar arrived at Melbourne Airport with bulges showing through his airline uniform and has since admitted to smuggling more than 2.5 kilograms of heroin.
The former Malaysian Airlines employee hid the haul, worth millions of dollars, while he was working as cabin crew.
The 34-year-old took the drugs on board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in May 2018.
Footage showed Omar walking through Melbourne Airport in his airline uniform with "rectangular bulges" visible in his pants and vest, prosecutor Olivia Go said.
Despite concealing the packages in his clothes and transferring them to his luggage he was nabbed before he could pass on the drugs.
He was caught after the Australian Border Force noticed his behaviour and requested the flight crew to return from their bus to the baggage area.
The drug mule initially told officers the packages were illegal tobacco but later changed his story.
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"I'm not sure but I think it's drugs," Omar said during questioning.
Two weeks before being caught, a former colleague and another man convinced him to import the drugs for $500, the court was told.
Omar's lawyer said the Malaysian national had no criminal history in his own country or in Australia.
The accused also had no operational knowledge of the drug syndicate and the drugs weren't imported in a sophisticated way, he argued.
"He carried it out in an incompetent way," barrister Martin Kozlowski said.
The man's wife had flown from Malaysia to be at the plea hearing to support her husband.
She gave evidence about the pair's financial difficulties and said she told their children he was working, not in jail.
Omar is due to be sentenced on April 12.