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Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:29 pm

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

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:27 pm

Quoting Aviationfreak (Thread starter):
buy a new backpack

Yes, this is probably the best idea. You can get backpacks pretty cheap anyway!
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:39 pm

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.
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:42 pm

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]
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:42 pm

Buy a new Back pack.
But solve the Mystery from where the Sample Appeared on the Test.
regds
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[Edited 2006-08-09 12:43:45]
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:43 pm

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

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:49 pm

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
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:51 pm

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
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:53 pm

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?
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:04 pm

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.

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:11 pm

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.

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:47 pm

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.
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:49 pm

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.
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:21 pm

Clothes. Don't forget the fabric items that have come into contact with your backpack.
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:26 pm

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

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:34 pm

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]
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:36 pm

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
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:27 pm

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.

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:41 pm

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




Just kidding, safe travels.
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:55 pm

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)
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:57 pm

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.

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:30 am

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


should get rid of most of it.
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:43 am

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!
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:56 am

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

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:10 am

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 a bit surprised. I don't know where I put my mobile phone during my stay there and how the cocaine got on it but I was quite scared, especially when they took me in a room and searched me and also took down all my information. Of course, I was carrying no drugs and we all came to the conclusion that I probably left my mobile somewhere and the traces got attached on my phone. I cleaned it up very well and hopefully I won't have that problem again.
 
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:11 am

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 flight to SIN, I checked my baggage about 15 times...and was still nervous during immigration in SIN.

Ok, one last thing, and you know I JUST HAVE TO DO THIS...you had it coming:

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Be well!!

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:45 am

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

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.

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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:23 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 24):
we thought that it would be nice to have a bit to smoke when we arrive in San Francisco in the evening.

Didn't think you'd be able to find some in the hippie capital of the world? Big grin
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RE: Aviationfreak Freaks Out - Cocaine On My Bag

Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:36 pm

Probably just avoid the airport alltogether and go through someplace else.

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