It’s been a hectic morning in Customs, and with the arrival of a flight from Hanoi, officers are about to make a discovery that will make them even busier. A family of three has just returned from a trip to Vietnam. A swab from the suitcase is tested for traces of drugs. It’s a negative result, but as the x-ray has revealed organic matter, officers suspect a concealment of narcotics. They take a closer look at some of their children’s books and the inside covers appear quite thick. Could they be concealing something? They claim the books belong to friends. Are they innocent dupes or knowing drug couriers using children in an attempt to fool customs into believing they’re innocent travellers?
A container has just arrived from Hong Kong. It looks like dozens of boxes of clothing. As the search begins, officers have already determined that there’s something not quite right. The contents appear to be designer clothing displaying legitimate, well-known brand names. But they’re all fake and there’s heaps of it - more than 4,000 pieces. As the investigation into the counterfeit goods continues, a second shipment has just arrived, and it looks like officers may now have an even bigger problem.
At Sydney airport, Immigration Officers want to speak to a Korean passenger because her personal details have raised an alarm. Officers have discovered that she has little money and nowhere to stay. With few funds, no contacts and personal details very close to a person of interest, officers now need to work out if this is just a case of mistaken identity or if this passenger is trying to avoid detection. Sumi says she was meant to meet her Australian boyfriend at the airport, but he hasn’t turned up. If they can’t track him down soon they will be left with no alternative but to send Sumi back to Korea.
When an orchid collector arrives at Sydney Airport bearing some exotic plants from Asia, Quarantine Officers must assess whether they can be kept, or if their importation is to be nipped in the bud.