Malindo Air cabin crew smuggled $21m worth of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine into Australia.
The police have busted a Vietnamese drug syndicate who has been using international airline cabin crew on board flights from Malaysia to smuggle drugs into Australia over a number of years (officers says 5 to 10 years).
According to investigators, the drugs were carried strapped on the bodies of cabin crew flying to Melbourne and Sydney.
Four women and four men including a cabin crew member of Malindo Air were arrested in Melbourne and charged with drug trafficking on 16 January 2019.
One of the arrested syndicate confessed that he had made the trip to Australia 19 times before being arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police.
Police code named “Operation Sunrise” for the five-month operation targeting an alleged Vietnamese organised crime syndicate based in Melbourne.
Malindo Airways is a Malaysian full-service airline and owned by Indonesian Lion Air Group with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Malindo Air, with 69 aircraft, operates over 800 flights weekly across 57 routes in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia and Australia.