PETALING JAYA: A former Malaysian flight attendant has been jailed five-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to smuggling heroin into Melbourne, Australia.
Fariq Aqbal Omar, 34, pleaded guilty at the Victorian County Court to bringing in the drug, according
to Australian news portal ABC News.
It reported that Fariq had carried the heroin on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in May 2018 for a former colleague and another man who promised to pay him A$500 (RM1,447).
He was captured on CCTV walking through Melbourne Airport with his trouser pockets and vest bulging with 10 wrapped blocks of pure heroin.
Fariq deposited them into his suitcase in an airport bathroom before leaving the terminal and boarding a bus with other cabin crew members.
However, Australian Border Force officials had them all return to the baggage area with their luggage, the court heard.
ABC News reported that Fariq took the drugs from his suitcase and tried to conceal them in his pockets before being apprehended.
He told police he believed the packages contained shisha.
In sentencing, judge Wendy Wilmoth said it was hard to comprehend how Fariq had been enticed to participate in the high-risk enterprise for such a small fee.
“It was clumsily executed and entirely lacking in sophistication.
“Your actions have resulted in a very significant fall for you,” Wilmoth was reported as saying.
The court heard Fariq has a wife and two children in Malaysia.
ABC News reported that Fariq would spend a minimum of three years in jail before becoming eligible for parole.