Police have seized four kilograms of methamphetamine and arrested a man following an investigation into drug trafficking in South Australia.
Officers from SAPOL’s Serious and Organised Crime Branch (SOCB) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) have been conducting the joint operation into the transportation of illegal drugs into the State.
At about 12.30am yesterday, police stopped a car on the South Eastern Freeway at Mount Osmond. A search of the car uncovered four one-kilogram bags of methamphetamine.
After further enquiries, police later attended Adelaide Airport and arrested a 24-year-old man from New South Wales. He has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug, and was refused bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.
Detective Superintendent Craig Patterson, officer in charge of SOCB says, “This is an example of a coordinated multi-agency response by working together to make the community safer by removing illicit drugs before they hit the streets. This operation highlights the information sharing and joint investigations which are undertaken within this State to take methamphetamine off the streets. This is a reminder to the community that people who seek to traffic illicit drugs can face penalties of up to $500,000 and or life imprisonment.”
Mario Armiento, ACIC State Manager of South Australian Operations says, “The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has assessed that methamphetamine poses—by far—the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types, and by a significant margin. More than 60 per cent of Australia’s highest risk serious and organised crime targets are involved in the market. The profitability and success of serious and organised crime comes at a cost for individuals, families, the community, government and ultimately to all Australians
Further enquiries continue into the matter, and police anticipate further arrests and charges.
Anyone with information about the manufacture, possession and sale of illegal drugs is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au