91-year-old man caught with 4.5kg of cocaine

A 91-year-old man arrested at Sydney Airport with 4.5 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage says he had no idea he was carrying drugs.

Victor Twartz, a retired oral surgeon, appeared in an Australian court yesterday.

According to the police there was cocaine worth more than $1 million inside 27 bars of soap in a bag given to Mr Twartz by people he met on an all-expenses paid trip to India.

Mr Twartz said he believed he was carrying only soap that was to be a gift for a banker in Australia who was to release a $10 million inheritance to him .

His son, Peter Twartz, said his father was a devout Seventh Day Adventist with no criminal background, and had been caught up in a scam.

Federal Police commander David Stewart said vulnerable people can often fall for scams involving money or romance.

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