Two men from Iceland are facing life in jail after being charged with importing about $2.5 million worth of cocaine into Melbourne Airport.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at Melbourne International Airport on Monday after being found with four kilograms of cocaine allegedly hidden in his suitcase lining.
The man was chosen to have his bag examined after arriving via Hong Kong and Australian Border Force noted inconsistencies in the X-ray image.
Further inspection revealed cocaine hidden in the suitcase lining.
Australian Federal Police also raided a hotel, where they arrested a 30-year-old man allegedly found with 2.7kg of cocaine.
Authorities say the combined seizures have an estimated street value of about $2.5 million, with further tests to prove weight and purity.
The 25-year-old faced court on Monday charged with importing and possession of a commercial quantity of cocaine.
He was remanded to reappear on February 13.
The 30-year-old will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the same charge.
Australian Border Force assistant commissioner Claire Rees said the detection highlighted the skill of ABF officers in identifying travellers of concern at the nation's busy airports.
"Our officers process millions of air travellers each year and it speaks volumes about their expertise and professional judgement that they have been able to identify this individual and a significant amount of dangerous drugs," she said.
AFP commander Peter Bodel said the AFP is committed to working with local and global partners to prevent illicit drugs making their way into Australia.
"We continue to see the damage cocaine causes when it reaches Australian communities. The health effects on drug users, the increases in domestic violence, the increases in property crime and the increases in assaults," he said.