After pleading guilty to “repeatedly” smuggling commercial amounts of Heroin into Australia, a Malaysian flight attendant was sentenced to five years and eight months in an Australian prison.
The 51-year-old seasoned flight attendant was apprehended by Australian Border Force officials at Sydney International Airport (SYD) in January 2019 and has been detained in detention since then while prosecutors developed their case before the pandemic halted proceedings.
The long-serving flight attendant altered his plea to guilty just weeks before his trial, after first challenging the charges. He has now been condemned to two years and ten months in prison without the possibility of release.
The individual is a member of a criminal ring that smuggled heroin worth roughly A$6 million into Australia. The gang smuggled cocaine into Australia through Malaysian flight attendants, with the majority of the drugs passing through Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport.
After operating a trip into Melbourne, another Malaysian flight attendant was arrested trying to hide a bundle of heroin in her underwear and bra. She was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
Zailee Zainal, a 40-year-old mother of two who had never used drugs or alcohol, was drawn into the smuggling organization while frantically trying to gather money to pay for her sick daughter’s medical bills.
A 49-year-old Australian lady, the self-described “queen” of the smuggling network, has already been sentenced to 18 years in prison with a 13-year non-parole period. The woman functioned as a point of contact for the Malaysian drug dealer, meeting the flight attendants in a hotel where the pills were offloaded.