Lincoln woman an alleged drug mule

Krystle Hill, who says she graduated from the Port Lincoln High School in 2005, has been accused of being an alleged drug mule as part of a Customs drug bust.

Themake-up artistwas bailed on charges she conspired with her customs officer boyfriend, Paul Adrian Lamella, to import a commercial quantity of a border control precursor, pseudoephedrine.

She was arrested in Adelaide on Tuesday and extradited to Sydney on Wednesday.

Police allege that, between May and June 2009, Ms Hill was asked by Mr Lamella to travel to Thailand with an accomplice and return with 10 kilograms of pseudoephedrine between them.

Police documents allege Mr Lamella told the women their return to Australia would be unimpeded because ”they wouldn’t be searched as he was working as a customs officer that day.”

He allegedly gave them strict instructions ”not to get too dressed up” as they would draw ”too much attention”. They returned on Thai Airways flight TG993 on June 19, 2009.

Mr Lamella allegedly offered a fellow customs worker, Paul Katralis, vials of human growth hormone worth up to $1800 and $5000 cash to help facilitate their safe passage through customs, although he was unable to assist as he was moved to other duties that day.

In any event, the women were not searched but police allege their passenger cards were destroyed or otherwise not handed to immigration authorities.

Ms Hills’s barrister, Wayne Baffsky, argued that the case against his client was not strong, and ultimately the magistrate agreed.

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