An investigation involving the WA Police Proceeds of Crime Meth Money Team and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has resulted in the seizure of about $1.6 million cash.
Officers stopped a hire car in the Perth central business district about 6.45pm on Tuesday August 22.
A search of the vehicle uncovered two suitcases which contained about $1.6 million in Australian currency. Two Victorian men, aged 29 and 33, were interviewed by officers and charged with the following:
- A 29-year-old man from Carnegie, Victoria, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of money;
- A 33-year-old man from Vermont South, Victoria, was charged with unlawful possession of money.
Both men appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday August 23 and were remanded in custody. They are due to re-appear in court on August 30.
“We actively target meth dealers in our community and the profits that they make without concern for the damage they cause, and these efforts resulted in this significant seizure,” Serious and Organised Crime Detective Inspector Shaun Miller said.
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Western Australia State Manager Doug Miller said this is a strong example of the close working relationship between the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and our state and territory police partners.
“Together we have prevented the diversion of millions of dollars away from the legitimate economy,” Mr Miller said.