A 50-year-old woman was stopped in East Brisbane on "outstanding matters," and was promptly taken to the jailhouse.
But when they asked her if she had anything to declare, she forced a green canvas bag into the arms of police and said she had a baby koala on her.
Unbelievably, when police unzipped the bag, they found a gorgeous male baby koala inside.
The woman told police she found the joey on a road in Nathan and was caring for it.
An animal group came and collected the joey, who is protected under the Nature Conservation Act.
The koala, believed to be about six months of age, is in good health, but was said to be a little dehydrated.
He has been lovingly named Alfred, and is expected to be alright.