Lovers charged with hiding 4kg of cocaine in luggage
PHOTOGRAPHS of the German woman and her Tunisian-born lover accused of importing 4kg of cocaine in their suitcase linings at Easter can be revealed.
Snjezana Stein, 49, and Sami Trabelsi, 37, appeared in Central Local Court on Wednesday charged with importing a commercial quantity of the border controlled drug.
Police say the drug allegedly secreted in their suitcases into Sydney Airport would be worth up to $1.2 million on Australian streets.
Appearing via audiovisual link from Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre, Snjezana Stein spoke through a German interpreter to Magistrate Greg Grogin.
Her long blonde hair draped over a prison green T-shirt, Ms Stein appeared nervous as she said "danke schon" [thank you in German] repeatedly after being told she had been refused bail.
Her co-accused, Mr Trabelsi, appeared by video from Parklea Correctional Centre and spoke through an Arabic interpreter.
However, it is believed Trabelsi, who also speaks German, is also a German citizen.
The couple, who on social media accounts feature in photographs accompanied by love heart emojis, appear to have known each other for some time and travelled together before flying to Australia.
In one photograph on the Facebook account of Ms Stein's adult son, he appears in a photograph which he has captioned 'Family" with the couple and Mr Trabelsi's arm around him.
Ms Stein and Mr Trabelsi embarked on a 20-hour flight on April 14 to Sydney from Dusseldorf, where the Croatian-born technical officer lives in a northern suburb.
Arriving on the evening of Easter Saturday, the pair was selected by customs officers for baggage examination.
Officers "found abnomalies" in the suitcase linings and powder allegedly wrapped in plastic which later tested positive for cocaine.
Australian Federal Police are testing the exact weight and purity of the cocaine.
Magistrate Grogin refused both Trabelsi and Stein bail, and remanded them to appear again by video link from their respective prisons in June.
Both accused have been registered at the German Consulate in Sydney following their arrest.