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16 January 2019

Authorities dismantle WA-based drug syndicate with 21kg methamphetamine seizure

Australian Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police

Australian authorities have seized about 21kg of methamphetamine, arrested two men and summonsed a third in Perth during an investigation into a Western Australia-based drug trafficking syndicate.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), together with the Australian Border Force (ABF), found the methamphetamine concealed within an industrial oven sent from Canada to Perth in early January 2019.

On 15 January 2019, the AFP executed a number of search warrants in the Perth metropolitan area with the assistance of the Western Australia Police Force and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

The methamphetamine seized during the investigation has a street value of up to $19 million and the potential to produce 210,000 street deals. 

The three men, from the suburbs of Koondoola, Girrawheen and Shelley, were charged with commercial drug importation offences. These offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The accused will face the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 January 2019.

AFP State Manager for Western Australia Commander Greg Harrigan said police believe the syndicate had been operating in Perth for an extended period and have links to organised crime groups in Vietnam and Canada.

“In stopping 21kg of methamphetamine reaching the Australian community, we have spared many individuals and families the significant and often tragic consequences of this dangerous drug,” Commander Harrigan said.

“We are continuing to evaluate evidence gathered as part of this investigation and further operational activity cannot be ruled out.

“This investigation should serve as a warning to those that seek to import illicit drugs. You are up against multiple law enforcement bodies working closely together not only here in Australia, but across the globe. You will be caught and, when you are, you will face the potential of life in prison.”

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Last updated
16 January 2019