Melbourne : Flight attendant jailed for smuggling heroin in uniform

April 12, 2019 : Melbourne : Flight attendant jailed for smuggling heroin in uniform

April 12, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant has been jailed for smuggling heroin into Melbourne in a “clumsily executed” operation in which he tried to conceal wrapped blocks of the drug under his uniform, causing unusual bulges.

Former cabin crew member Fariq Aqbal Omar carried the heroin onboard a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in May 2018 for a former colleague and another man who promised to pay him $500.

The 34-year-old Malaysian man was captured on CCTV walking through Melbourne Airport with his trouser pockets and vest bulging with 10 wrapped blocks of pure heroin, the Victorian County Court heard.

Omar deposited them into his suitcase in an airport bathroom before leaving the terminal and boarding a bus with other cabin crew.

But Australian Border Force officials had them all return to the baggage area with their luggage, the court heard.

Omar took the drugs from his suitcase and tried to conceal them in his pockets before being apprehended.

He told police he believed the packages had contained illegal tobacco or shisha.

Omar pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and has been sentenced to a maximum of five years and six months in jail over the haul.

In sentencing, Judge Wendy Wilmoth said it was hard to comprehend how Omar had been enticed to participate in the high-risk enterprise for such a small fee.

The court heard Omar has a wife and two children in Malaysia and had been regarded as well professionally and socially before his arrest.

“Your actions have resulted in a very significant fall for you,” Judge Wilmoth said.

“This is something you should have considered before the importation.”

Omar will spend a minimum of three years in jail before becoming eligible for parole.

His wife travelled to Melbourne for his plea hearing and sentencing but the court heard she was unlikely to be able to afford to visit again before his release from prison.

Seven other suspects were arrested in this case in addition to Omar.

CHALLENGE

Asia is the hub of the illicit global drug trade. In fact, around one-fourth of the world’s heroin is produced in Asia. The drug trade is a huge threat to the national security of the South East Asian Countries. Read more here.  Drugs are imported into Australia using many ingenious methods. A suspect had leased several privately-owned mailboxes. Drugs were imported into Australia from Brazil, Laos, and France, in letters and packages, addressed to false identities at these mailboxes. Read more here.

At the very core of such trafficking crimes is illegal to fund transfers. Investigators use this to identify the members and choke the activities of the criminal organization. Despite the knowledge that attacking the finances of an organization is a way of bringing the criminals out of hiding, the intelligence gathering mechanisms in use today are not up to the challenge. What is needed is a reliable and accurate way of screening subjects in almost all countries across the world. Law enforcement agencies are over-burdened with the number of pending cases and open investigations.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

To clear out the backlog in the cases, and to serve justice speedily, investigators need a quick and effective way to screen suspects. Fortunately, a way exists and has been introduced by Brainwave Science. This path-breaking technology is called iCognative. It is centuries ahead of any of its predecessors in terms of capability.  iCognative is loved worldwide because it has the potential to transform the way suspects are convicted or freed. iCognative gives the investigators the power to identify and help exonerate suspects based on the measurement of their brain-wave response to crime-related images, words or phrases displayed on a computer screen. iCognative has been found to be over 99% accurate in its results.

The objective of Brainwave Science is to eliminate biases and invasive procedures from interrogation altogether. The prerequisite for iCognative is that investigation must have been conducted.

iCognative is a very fast and effective way to determine the truth in criminal or civil cases. As a matter of fact, it is applicable in more than 85% of all cases. In contrast, DNA and fingerprinting are only applicable in 1-2% of cases. Moreover, it is time-consuming, costly and labor intensive to gather biological samples.

iCognative relies on the simple principle that brain waves cannot lie. It is practically foolproof. A criminal or a witness has been exposed to the crime or its planning. Hence his or her brain will respond positively if crime-related stimuli are shown to them. iCognative is a highly sophisticated intelligence gathering mechanism, which can with high accuracy, determine if the test subject has awareness of the crime related pictures, words or phrases which he or she is being shown. A proprietary headset measures the brain responses to each stimulus and transmits it to the computer system running the iCognative system. Here, the brain responses are analyzed, and within 1 hour, the iCognative system indicates whether crime-related information is ‘present’ or ‘absent’ in the brain of the testee.

In the case of the smuggling of drugs into Australia from Malaysia, the other arrested suspects can be made to undergo the iCognative test. There is a host of stimuli which can be used in the test including the custom declaration forms, CCTV footage of security checks of the luggage and frisking,  call records, names, and images of places which the arrested persons used to visit in Malaysia and Australia, etc.

This test involves no torture and no verbal exchange between the test administrator and the testee. Trafficking criminals cannot hide when their brainwaves are willing to confess. iCognative can also corroborate evidence of human and drug trafficking even in the most complex rings. This test is a very useful method of finding out additional details about the criminal organization, its structure, and the position of the suspect in the hierarchy.

No other intelligence gathering mechanism is as effective in eliciting such information from a test subject.

iCognative can be used to solve a multitude of cases such as counterfeiting, prostitution, sex offences, cybercrime, insurance fraud, kidnapping, hijacking etc. Because of the highly customizable nature of the iCognative system, it can be used globally by agencies for multiple functions and in virtually any of the local languages.

Investigative agencies love iCognative for its modern, scientific approach towards intelligence gathering. It is not only easy to use, but it’s easy to learn and teach as well.

The Australian Police investigating the drug smuggling case can benefit greatly by using iCognative to gather invaluable insight and to help bring an end to the drug menace which has become a matter of National Security for Asia and Australia.

Main Source: ABC

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