SAA air hostess admits to importing cocaine into Perth, Australia

The South African air hostess has admitted to importing more than 10 kilograms of pure cocaine through Perth International Airport whilst working for South African Airlines.

Priya Govender, 32, arrived in Perth on a flight from Johannesburg in August and was selected for a baggage search, police said at the time.

Australian Border Force officers found various packages hidden inside books, which were then tested and came back positive for cocaine.

At the time authorities said they had discovered six kilograms of the drug.

But it is understood the total “pure amount” of cocaine seized was in fact 10.6 kilograms.

Govender was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug – an offence which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. On Thursday she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Her lawyer Michael Tudori confirmed to WAtoday his client had entered the guilty plea on the basis she was “reckless” but did not know the substance she was carrying was indeed cocaine.

She will be sentenced on August 30.

Source: WA Today


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