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A SYDNEY man has appeared in court in Brisbane after allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into Australia in packets marked as ginseng tea.
The 22-year-old man, from Canley Heights in Sydney's southwest, arrived in Brisbane yesterday on a flight from Thailand, Australian Customs Service said in a joint statement with the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The heroin was discovered after Customs officers became suspicious about the contents of the tea packets during a search of the man's bags.
A closer inspection of one of the packets allegedly revealed 10g of a white powder in a sachet, confirmed by forensic testing as heroin.
There were 240 sachets, which the AFP said could total more than two kilograms if each was found to contain a similar amount of heroin.
The man appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, charged under the Commonwealth Criminal Code with one count of importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on November 24.