Australian Baggage Handler Arrested
An Australian baggage handler was arrested today as part of a drug smuggling endeavor, possibly bolstering the "innocent and framed" claim of Schapelle Corby:
NSW Police have arrested a baggage handler at Sydney Airport following an investigation into the transportation of illegal drugs between Sydney and Melbourne on a domestic flight. The man was taken to Mascot police station this morning where he is expected to be charged with hindering a police investigation.
It is understood that the arrest followed an operation at the domestic terminal in February when police intercepted a case allegedly containing cocaine with a street value of $60,000....The incident is not related to the investigation into baggage handlers at the international terminal.
However, it lends credence to claims made by Victorian prison informer John Patrick Ford, who gave evidence at Schapelle Corby's trial in Bali about drugs being transported on domestic flights.
Update: With five more suspicious but harmless powder packages having been received by the Australian parliament, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the British High Commission and the embassies of the US, Japan, Italy and South Korea, the speculation now is that they are being sent by those opposed to the War in Iraq, not Corby supporters. All of those countries have troops in Iraq.
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