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Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag  
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7429 times:

Hello Everyone!

Some of you may know I'm on a rtw trip. Now I arrived in BNE after a flight from AKL a few days ago and declared some goods on the arrival card. Now they decided to check all the contents thoroughly and found some traces of cocaine on my backpack. Even the second test proved to be positive. After being questioned whether I ever used any kind of drugs - which I never did - they said that if I would allow a body search that would prove I have nothing on me I was free to go.
I don't understand this at all. I cleaned my backpack thoroughly before I came to Australia because on a previous trip to a Pacific Island my bag had a nasty fishy smell when I got back in Auckland.

This whole thing freaks me out because I'm going through Singapore twice before I travel back to Europe. And we all know the reputation of Singapore don't we?
I'm considering to either buy a new backpack or change my routing. My ticket allows me to fly VS from Sydney to London via Hong Kong.

Any comments or advise what to do?

Kind regards

Sander


I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7426 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):

Any comments or advise what to do?

You already answered that question.

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
I'm considering to either buy a new backpack

Bingo.



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7400 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
buy a new backpack

Yes, this is probably the best idea. You can get backpacks pretty cheap anyway!



Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7389 times:

Hey Sander,

How are you doing these days? Everything still ok?
It must've been quite a shock when they told you they found cocaine on your bag!
But hey, you're a Dutchie after all  Wink

Ciao,

Kas

P.S. I also agree that it would probably be best to get a new backpack.


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
I'm considering to either buy a new backpack or change my routing.

Yes that would be a good idea.

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
This whole thing freaks me out because I'm going through Singapore twice before I travel back to Europe. And we all know the reputation of Singapore don't we?

Well your not carrying any drugs so they can't do anything

[Edited 2006-08-09 12:43:18]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

Buy a new Back pack.
But solve the Mystery from where the Sample Appeared on the Test.
regds
MEL

[Edited 2006-08-09 12:43:45]


Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

What I actually like to know is what the risks are in Singapore with only traces but not actually cocaine?

Sander



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7369 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
And we all know the reputation of Singapore don't we?



Quoting Aviationfreak (Reply 6):
What I actually like to know is what the risks are in Singapore with only traces but not actually cocaine?

Well, they'll pretty much cut your balls off...

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
I'm considering to either buy a new backpack or change my routing.

A new backpack sounds easier... Getting into the same kind of trouble in Hong Kong is probably not all that better than Singapore.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7360 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Reply 6):
What I actually like to know is what the risks are in Singapore with only traces but not actually cocaine?

Do what you think right for you. Don't take the risk if you know consequences


User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7360 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Buy a new Bag pack.
But solve the Mystery from where the Sample Appeared on the Test.
regds
MEL

Thank you for that. That is what I'm actually trying to say.
So what can possibly happened?



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14127 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

Quoting Doona (Reply 7):
A new backpack sounds easier... Getting into the same kind of trouble in Hong Kong is probably not all that better than Singapore.

The difference is that in one country they'll hang you and in the other one you'd get a bullet into the back of your head.

Jan


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7339 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
The difference is that in one country they'll hang you and in the other one you'd get a bullet into the back of your head.

And bill your family for the bullet. Now that's just good economic management.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7334 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7314 times:

Sander,
I've seen this many times at AKL. It's just that your bag has been packed in a container containing a bag that had the trace of cocaine on it. The way I understand it from Customs Not even Singapore can do anything without more than a trace. They need more than that to convict....

Just give it a decent wash in a washing machine. Use NappySan or similar to just kill the smell with Chlorine or similar.


User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7312 times:

So, did you consent to the body search in BNE? If so, please report.

BAB

btw, A study a few years ago found that something like 95% of U.S. cash had traces of drugs on it, IIRC.



I'm just skipping stones...
User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5599 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7292 times:

Clothes. Don't forget the fabric items that have come into contact with your backpack.


When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7290 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
This whole thing freaks me out because I'm going through Singapore twice before I travel back to Europe.



Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
I'm considering to either buy a new backpack or change my routing

Get a new backpack and save yourself the headache!


Good Luck

-Zaki


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7278 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 13):
btw, A study a few years ago found that something like 95% of U.S. cash had traces of drugs on it, IIRC.

Not sure of the exact percentage, but a very high percentage of US currency does indeed test positive for drugs, primarily cocaine.

Get a new backpack.

[Edited 2006-08-09 14:36:03]

User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7272 times:

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 13):
btw, A study a few years ago found that something like 95% of U.S. cash had traces of drugs on it, IIRC.

Yeah I've heard something like that as well


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Whoa dude, this is quite scary. One of the worst fears I have (especially when travelling to South East Asia) is that the customs find drugs in my luggage. Trow you backpack away and buy a new one, search your complete luggage (every corner of it) before going to the airport and always keep an eye on it on the way to and at the airport, lock the luggage you want to check-in.

These narcotic dogs at the airports smell every little bit, I experienced it by myself together with a friend in Atlanta. We had a bit hash in our pocket but thanks to a major delay in Brussels we decided to smoke it there, when we arrived at ATL 11 hours later the dog still smelled that we were in contact with drugs. We got arrested on the spot and the custom guys searched us and our luggage for 1.5 hours, of course they didn't find anything and had to let us go. Anyway, this was something I don't fancy to experience again.

Patrick


User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7215 times:

Stop doing coke and that should solve your problem. Also, unload the last bits that you still have.




Just kidding, safe travels.



Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7202 times:

I think that washing the bag is cheaper than buying a new one. New luggage can easily cost 100 euros, wo I wouldn't call it very cheap.

Regarding the cocaine, a trace amount means nothing since there is a "trace" amount of cocaine just about everywhere. A study of UK banknotes found that 90% of them had traces of cocaine in them.

At some point, Schipol airport was so crowded with cocaine that if you had less than half a kilo with you, they just confiscated it and let you go. (or so the rumour says)


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7196 times:

Quoting Joni (Reply 20):
At some point, Schipol airport was so crowded with cocaine that if you had less than half a kilo with you, they just confiscated it and let you go. (or so the rumour says)

I heard the same, not sure if it is still the case nowadays.

Patrick


User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

lick finger, wipe off back pack, rub into gums.


should get rid of most of it.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7162 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 18):
These narcotic dogs at the airports smell every little bit, I experienced it by myself together with a friend in Atlanta. We had a bit hash in our pocket but thanks to a major delay in Brussels we decided to smoke it there, when we arrived at ATL 11 hours later the dog still smelled that we were in contact with drugs. We got arrested on the spot and the custom guys searched us and our luggage for 1.5 hours, of course they didn't find anything and had to let us go. Anyway, this was something I don't fancy to experience again.

You were going to enter the USA with hash? Are you brain dead Patrick?! Good chance you would have been dishing out cash, had a record in the USA!


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 23):

You were going to enter the USA with hash? Are you brain dead Patrick?!

Yes, I was, no doubt! It was over 7 years ago, my friend and me were a bit naive and we thought that it would be nice to have a bit to smoke when we arrive in San Francisco in the evening. Thankfully there was the delay in Brussels, it saved our asses, I will not imagine what had happened when they had found something.

Patrick

PS: The BRU-ATL flight was fun, flying high in the sky. Big grin


25 Lewis : A couple of customs officers in LCY found cocaine traces on my mobile phone when they used the swab for sampling. I was coming back from RTM and I was
26 Post contains images Andreas : Sander old pal, hope it turns out allright for you and btw, yes that has been my nightmare, too, during my FarEast trips. Before checking in on a flig
27 Mir : I'd be interested to know this too. What I'm not interested in is finding out first hand. I'd get a new backpack. -Mir
28 Post contains images KaiGywer : Didn't think you'd be able to find some in the hippie capital of the world?
29 Post contains links FSPilot747 : Probably just avoid the airport alltogether and go through someplace else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Nguyen
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