Illicit drugs https://www.acic.gov.au/ en Man jailed for role in 300kg cocaine import to Victoria https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/man-jailed-role-300kg-cocaine-import-victoria <span>Man jailed for role in 300kg cocaine import to Victoria</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Sat, 2021-09-04 15:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-09-04T12:00:00Z">04 September 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, and Victoria Police </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years and three months in jail by the Melbourne County Court for his role in a failed plot to import 300 kilograms of cocaine into Melbourne in a shipment of cocoa powder. </p> <p>The Mexican national is the second man to be jailed over the illicit consignment, which had the potential to be broken down into 300,000 individual street deals, with an estimated street value of approximately $105 million. </p> <p>The joint agency investigation led by the Australian Federal Police, was sparked in November 2017, when the man arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Los Angeles on a tourist visa and was intercepted by Australian Border Force officers responding to an indication from a detector dog. A small quantity of cocaine was subsequently located in his possession.</p> <p>The 38-year-old male was questioned about the small amount and his phones were analysed and intelligence gathered from that analysis led investigators eventually to the consignment.</p> <p>The intelligence from the man’s phone later lead to an investigation by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF).</p> <p>The JOCTF involves officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force (ABF), Victoria Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).</p> <p>Police enquiries resulted in the discovery and seizure of the drugs from a business premises in Altona, Victoria. The cocaine was found concealed in a consignment labelled as coffee and cocoa power.</p> <p>Police then searched residential premises in Port Melbourne and Balaclava, resulting in the 38-year-old man and another Mexican national being charged over the importation. Both men entered guilty pleas in court. </p> <p>The 38-year-old man was sentenced on 17 August 2021 to 14 years and three months imprisonment for two offences – importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs and possessing border controlled drugs reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported. He has been ordered to serve a non-parole period of nine years and six months.</p> <p>The other man is serving an 18-year jail sentence, with a non-parole period of 12 years, for importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.</p> <p>Australian Federal Police Detective Acting Inspector Mark McKiernan from the JOCTF said this operation highlighted the collaborative work of law enforcement to ensure a large quantity of drugs didn’t make it to the community and prosecute those involved in the harmful trade. </p> <p>“We will continue to work with our partners to seize drugs before they impact Australia’s towns, cities and hospitals,” he said. </p> <p>“We want to send a strong message to drug syndicates that we will continue to attack their supply chains on all fronts, reduce their ability to profit from their crimes, and work to prevent their heinous products from causing harm to our community.” </p> <p>ABF Commander Craig Palmer noted how the investigation and outcome demonstrated the suite of capabilities of the ABF and its critical role at border.</p> <p>“The range of techniques deployed at the border in this case include intelligence gathering, network analysis, and the strategic use of our highly trained detector dogs,” Commander Palmer said.</p> <p>“The insight to approach the passenger in the first instance, the effectiveness of the ABF’s detector dog capability, and the immediate intelligence work undertaken by the ABF, was key to enabling our law enforcement partners to locate the consignment of drugs.</p> <p>“These arrests are a reminder of the full range of capabilities Australian law enforcement agencies deploy to target criminals at the border and keep Australia safe.”</p> <p> Victoria Police Detective Inspector Justin Cornford said the successful interception of 300kg of cocaine bound for Victorian streets was a significant victory in the continuing fight against the drugs causing the most harm within the community.</p> <p>“We’ve made no secret of the fact that Victoria Police is determined to make Victoria a hostile place for organised crime and to limit the harm caused to our community through the trafficking of drugs. This result really highlights the pursuit of those offenders by all the agencies involved in this operation,” he said.</p> <p>“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking and will continue to work tirelessly to investigate and disrupt drug traffickers who are preying on the vulnerable and trading on their misery for their own financial gain.”</p> <h2><strong><em>Note to media:</em></strong></h2> <p>Images of this operation are available to be downloaded from the following link: <a href="https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/4go3h7x6t5">https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/4go3h7x6t5</a> </p> <p>Footage supplied by ABF can be viewed and downloaded:</p> <p>DDP Jeff and Phoenix Line walk and sits</p> <p>View: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519</a></p> <p>Download: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519/instances-file/d126f338-9b8b-4b27-aba6-03619605e32f?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519%2finstances%2fd126f338-9b8b-4b27-aba6-03619605e32f">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519/instances-file/d126f338-9b8b-4b27-aba6-03619605e32f?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f3beeda1a-ea20-44af-a68f-46df41089519%2finstances%2fd126f338-9b8b-4b27-aba6-03619605e32f</a></p> <p>DDP Jeff and Phoenix Line walk 2</p> <p>View: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea</a></p> <p>Download: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea/instances-file/41f323f7-1489-41a2-8a77-a68a21774db2?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea%2finstances%2f41f323f7-1489-41a2-8a77-a68a21774db2">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea/instances-file/41f323f7-1489-41a2-8a77-a68a21774db2?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f3f68b2db-ba51-42c9-a3d3-4f20281082ea%2finstances%2f41f323f7-1489-41a2-8a77-a68a21774db2</a></p> <p>DDP Jeff and Phoenix Line walk 3</p> <p>View: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/c0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/c0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad</a></p> <p>Download: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/c0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad/instances-file/d36b4c9b-f972-4fd3-a129-bec63b92a78b?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2fc0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad%2finstances%2fd36b4c9b-f972-4fd3-a129-bec63b92a78b">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/c0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad/instances-file/d36b4c9b-f972-4fd3-a129-bec63b92a78b?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2fc0306a9c-42ce-4b1d-bba3-7bb90eea83ad%2finstances%2fd36b4c9b-f972-4fd3-a129-bec63b92a78b</a></p> <p>DDP Jeff and Phoenix Play</p> <p>View: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/sharevideo/95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb</a></p> <p>Download: <a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb/instances-file/a237183c-8ca8-4986-8d05-f82984bc9d67?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb%2finstances%2fa237183c-8ca8-4986-8d05-f82984bc9d67">https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb/instances-file/a237183c-8ca8-4986-8d05-f82984bc9d67?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2f95ca147b-7a8a-4cdc-8dcb-ef12b065f5eb%2finstances%2fa237183c-8ca8-4986-8d05-f82984bc9d67</a></p> <p>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information. </p> <ul> <li>For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</li> <li>Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at <a href="http://www.counsellingonline.org.au/">counsellingonline.org.au</a>.</li> <li>For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to <a href="http://www.turningpoint.org.au/">turningpoint.org.au</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>Media enquiries </h2> <p>AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297 </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Sat, 04 Sep 2021 05:22:12 +0000 Olivia 790 at https://www.acic.gov.au Latest wastewater report builds on drug consumption data https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/latest-wastewater-report-builds-drug-consumption-data <span>Latest wastewater report builds on drug consumption data</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kate</span></span> <span>Fri, 2021-06-25 16:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-06-30T12:00:00Z">30 June 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) today released the thirteenth report of its National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (the Program). For the first time the report includes ketamine excretion levels.</p> <p>The thirteenth report presents data on Australia’s drug consumption for 12 substances, covering sampling in December 2020 (capital city and regional sites) and February 2021 (capital city sites). As with the two previous reports, wastewater analysis continues to provide unique insight into the impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions.</p> <p>The December 2020 collection covers around 56 per cent of Australia’s population—about 13.1 million Australians. Of the drugs measured by the Program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the most consumed drugs in Australia, with methylamphetamine the most consumed illicit drug.</p> <p>ACIC CEO Mr Michael Phelan APM said: “Understanding drug consumption at a population level supports effective allocation of resources to priority areas”.</p> <p>“It also allows the progress of demand, supply and harm reduction strategies to be monitored.”</p> <p>Reliable drug consumption data are a key indicator of the level of harm experienced by the community. The ACIC’s Program represents world’s best practice and is a vital tool for Government, law enforcement, health and other policy agencies.</p> <p>“This reporting period again demonstrated varying trends in drug consumption, both nationally and within our states and territories,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>During the current sampling period, average per capita regional methylamphetamine use fell below capital city levels for the first time since 2017.</p> <p><a>“In addition to the benefits of longitudinal analysis of drug trends, the Program is structured in a way ensures it can evolve in line with trends in drug markets.</a></p> <p>“This is why the ACIC has now added ketamine to the lists of substances monitored by the Program,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>Ketamine is a central nervous system depressant which is used as an anaesthetic and analgesic in medical and veterinary settings. It can also be used illicitly in its own right, or in combination with other substances.</p> <p>The report is available from the ACIC website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p><strong>Note to editors </strong></p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the Program, the exact sampling locations cannot be publicly released by the ACIC. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories can be identified.</p> <p><strong>Media contact</strong></p> <p>ACIC Media: 02 6268 7343</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 06:31:54 +0000 Kate 779 at https://www.acic.gov.au Newcastle man arrested and 230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/newcastle-man-arrested-and-230kg-methamphetamine-seized-helical-gear-drives <span>Newcastle man arrested and 230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kate</span></span> <span>Wed, 2021-05-26 12:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-05-26T12:00:00Z">26 May 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, Australian Border Force and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Editor’s note: <a href="https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/FvZr4UmYUd">Stills of hidden drugs are available via hightail</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/a70fa601-b79e-462e-8913-db98670f3580/instances-file/10f8b683-14b8-472a-b7f5-890bd3825a75?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2fa70fa601-b79e-462e-8913-db98670f3580%2finstances%2f10f8b683-14b8-472a-b7f5-890bd3825a75">Video of the seizure is available to download</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A 37-year-old year Newcastle man is due to face Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing 230kg of methamphetamine following a joint police investigation. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Last month (April 2021), the Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine was concealed within the helical gear drives. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A 37-year-old Newcastle man was arrested on Saturday (22 May), charged with importing, a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995</em> (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The 230 kilograms of methamphetamine has an estimated street value of approximately $143,750,000.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The man is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court via video link today (26 May 2021). </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Detective Acting Inspector Luke Wilson said criminals should be aware police are using data analysis to expose companies undertaking illicit activities.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“This operation should send a strong warning to criminals that if you engage in illegal activities, the AFP will catch, arrest and prosecute you,” Detective Acting Inspector Wilson said. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Watson, said police are actively targeting those involved in drug supply at all levels.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The efforts of investigators have once again successfully disrupted what could had led to the large-scale supply of prohibited drugs across NSW and which have the potential to destroy lives and communities,” Detective Superintendent Watson said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ABF Maritime and Detained Goods Superintendent Graeme Campbell says this operation highlights the strong results that can be achieved when Australia’s law enforcement agencies work together. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is a clever concealment, with large quantities of dangerous drugs hidden behind a thick layer of steel,” Superintendent Campbell said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“But the combination of information sharing with our partners, and the ABF’s technical capabilities, ensured these harmful drugs did not end up on Australia’s streets.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ACIC Executive Director Intelligence Operations, Matt Rippon noted that the ACIC’s most recent National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Report estimated that $6.96 billion was spent on methamphetamine in Australia during the fourth year of the Program. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The drug is debilitating, it is destroying lives and the fabric of many communities in Australia. Those involved in the illicit drug trade don’t care about the devastation caused through health and social costs, or drug-related crime” Mr Rippon said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This operation is a great result by Australian law enforcement. By continuously and relentlessly targeting key players, and collaborating with partners, we can dismantle these criminal networks and are continuing to focus on combating the supply side of the methamphetamine drug market,” he said.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Note to media:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information. </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at <a href="http://www.counsellingonline.org.au">www.counsellingonline.org.au</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to </span><a href="http://www.turningpoint.org.au">www.turningpoint.org.au</a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Media enquiries:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AFP Media:</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span> (02) 5126 9297</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Wed, 26 May 2021 02:00:25 +0000 Kate 775 at https://www.acic.gov.au Six men set to be charged in international $47 million cocaine investigation https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/six-men-set-be-charged-international-47-million-cocaine-investigation <span>Six men set to be charged in international $47 million cocaine investigation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Tue, 2021-03-30 14:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-30T12:00:00Z">30 March 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, Australian Border Force, NSW Crime Commission and the United States’ Homeland Security Investigations</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Five men allegedly connected to 188 kilograms of cocaine seized by Australian authorities in 2019 have been arrested, with a sixth man to be served a court attendance notice after an extensive international multi-agency investigation.</p> <p>The men are being questioned by police after being taken into custody during a series of coordinated pre-dawn search warrants in New South Wales today (Tuesday, 30 March 2021).</p> <p>Police will allege the men are part of a transnational criminal syndicate that intended to distribute the cocaine throughout Australia after it was supplied by a Mexican drug cartel hidden in a shipment of aluminum alloy ingots.</p> <p>This amount of cocaine has an estimated street value up to $47 million, with the potential to provide up to 940,000 individual street deals of cocaine. The investigation was launched in February 2019, after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at a Sydney Container Examination Facility found anomalies in a bulk metal consignment sent from Mexico.</p> <p>Their examination allegedly identified blocks of white powder concealed in well-constructed, hollowed-out sections of 188 of the 1890 aluminium ingots stacked on the pallets.</p> <p>Subsequent Australian Federal Police forensic analysis revealed the substance was high-purity cocaine, with a total weight of approximately 188 kilograms. The major joint investigation into the shipment combined the resources of the AFP, ABF, NSW Police Force, ACIC and the New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC), with the assistance of international partners U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).</p> <p>Police identified an Australian-based criminal syndicate allegedly behind multiple border controlled drug importations.</p> <p>In December 2020, an air cargo consignment from India – which was declared to contain vehicle parts – was examined at the Sydney Container Examination Facility by ABF officers, who discovered nearly 50kg of powder concealed within the items.</p> <p>The powder was tested and returned a presumptive positive result for ephedrine. Following inquiries, two men – aged 39 and 49 – were arrested and subsequent search warrants resulted in the seizure of 50kg of iodine.</p> <p>The iodine and ephedrine seized during the operation has the potential to produce 38kg of methamphetamine, with an estimated potential street value of $9.5 million. The men remain before court for these matters.</p> <p>The 49-year-old man charged during this December operation is alleged to be part of the wider syndicate also involved in the 188 kilogram cocaine seizure. He is expected to be served a court attendance notice in jail linked to today’s police activity.</p> <p>This morning, search warrants were executed across NSW in the suburbs of Condell Park, Lindfield, Luddenham, Sydney, Strathfield, Villawood, Kingsford, Roseberry, Chatswood, Dolls Point, and Lake Conjola.</p> <p>Police seized cash, various jewelry, multiple electronic devices, and approximately 80 ingots from the cocaine shipment stored at a warehouse in Villawood.</p> <p>Five men were arrested, alleged to be part of the Australian syndicate linked to the 188 kilograms of cocaine seized: A 61-year-old from Condell Park, a 37-year-old from Luddenham, a 60-year-old from Linfield, a 69-year-old from Sydney and a 66-year-old from Strathfield.</p> <p>Police were able to arrest these men now due to the continued investigation into the criminal syndicate in Australia and the extensive evidence-gathering process which now allows these charges to be brought before court.</p> <p>Police will allege the Australian syndicate set up a company in NSW that had a similar name and corporate identity to a legitimate European company in an attempt to avoid law enforcement scrutiny of the illicit importation.</p> <p>Police will allege none of the men charged are involved in businesses that use large quantities of aluminium.</p> <p>AFP Commander Kirsty Schofield described the arrests of the men as a significant win in the fight against the illicit drug trade.</p> <p>“Transnational organised crime networks pose a significant threat to Australia’s economy, our security and our way of life,” Cmdr. Schofield said.</p> <p>“They see Australia as a lucrative market to target because of the high demand for drugs and the high prices users will pay. “They do not care about the harm and violence those substances bring, or the damage they do when they infiltrate legitimate businesses to launder their profits.</p> <p>Commander of NSW Police Drug and Firearm Squad, Detective Superintendent John Watson said as organised crime evolves, law enforcement agencies will continue to collaborate and respond accordingly.</p> <p>“Today’s arrests are the result of agencies here and abroad working towards the common goal of suppressing and dismantling criminal networks who are intent on causing harm to the community,” Det. Supt Watson said. “The syndicate that has been brought down today is significant and shutting it down will put a substantial dent in the drug trade in NSW and across the country.</p> <p>“NSW Police will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners to tackle the threat of organised crime and this result is evidence of that.”</p> <p>ABF Enforcement Operations East Acting Commander Garry Low said this operation highlights the ABF’s commitment to stopping criminal syndicates polluting Australian streets with drugs.</p> <p>“The detection of drugs within this sophisticated concealment is a testament to the skills and dedication of ABF Officers working at our borders,” A/g Commander Low said.</p> <p>“By partnering with state, federal and international law enforcement agencies, the ABF works to ensure drug imports like this one don’t make it into Australia, and that those responsible for importing it are held to account.”</p> <p>“This is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates the combined power of collaboration between international law enforcement,” said Adam Parks, HSI Attaché to Australia.</p> <p>“Collaboration keeps us one step ahead of Transnational Criminal Organizations who know no borders and target Australia, the U.S., and many other countries around the world.</p> <p>“We will continue to vigorously pursue these organizations, and everyone associated with them, wherever they hide.”</p> <p>The Commissioner of the NSWCC, Michael Barnes, commended the work of the Commission’s expert technical officers and lauded the cooperation between Federal and State agencies.</p> <p>“The success of this operation demonstrates that small, specialist organisations like the NSWCC can work effectively with the large, national law enforcement agencies to bring down international drug syndicates and confiscate the profits of those endeavours,” Mr. Barnes said.</p> <p>ACIC Executive Director Intelligence Operations Matt Rippon said the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program continues to highlight that even in the midst of a pandemic, Australia’s insatiable appetite for cocaine remains.</p> <p>“Despite the harm it causes to families and the broader community, Australians continue to line the pockets of organised crime groups who are deliberately targeting our country. “I commend our partner agencies for relentlessly pursuing these groups, their business model and assets,” he said.</p> <p>Members of the community with information relating to drug imports can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and can report it online through Crime Stoppers.</p> <h3>Charges:</h3> <p>The five men arrested today and the 49-year-old man to be served a court attendance notice are expected to each be charged with attempt to possess an unlawfully imported commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.5(1), of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).</p> <p>The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.</p> <p>The 61-year-old Condell Park man will also be charged for his alleged connection to the iodine and ephedrine seizure from December 2020.</p> <p>He will be charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs (NSW offence) and possessing a controlled precursor (Cth offence).</p> <h3>Note to media:</h3> <p>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information.</p> <p>• For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</p> <p>• Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online.</p> <p>• For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to the Turning Point website.</p> <h3>Media enquiries:</h3> <p>AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297</p> <p>ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244</p> <p>NSWPF Media: (02) 8263 6100</p> <h3>*Editor’s note: Footage of the operation is available to download via<span> </span><a href="https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/sC5nwLvaFe">Hightail</a></h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Tue, 30 Mar 2021 03:30:45 +0000 Olivia 767 at https://www.acic.gov.au Three Indian nationals arrested in Melbourne over multiple alleged drug importation attempts https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/three-indian-nationals-arrested-melbourne-over-multiple-alleged-drug-importation-attempts <span>Three Indian nationals arrested in Melbourne over multiple alleged drug importation attempts </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/55" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Emma Cooper</span></span> <span>Mon, 2021-02-15 08:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-02-13T12:00:00Z">13 February 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Federal Police; Australian Border Force; Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Three Indian nationals have been arrested and charged by the AFP in Melbourne in relation to multiple alleged attempts to import border controlled substances into Australia. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The AFP-led investigation in partnership with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) – codenamed Operation Goaltender – began on 4 January 2021 when ABF officers detected 40 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in crane counterweights shipped from Mexico. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a>Over the course of the next month the origins and links between multiple consignments seized by the ABF were reviewed and found to contain border controlled substances</a>, including eight kilograms of isopropylbenzylamine (a methamphetamine analogue) and quantities of heroin, cocaine and other drugs from various source countries. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The total weight of drugs seized from the multiple shipping consignments is estimated to be in excess of 100 kilograms. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On 11 February 2021, the AFP executed search warrants on a residential property the Melbourne suburb of Keilor Park and on an apartment in a high-rise tower on Melbourne’s Southbank.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>During the course of the search warrants, AFP investigators seized multiple alleged deconstructed drug packages, various packets of methamphetamine weighing over one kilogram in total, approximately $50,000 in cash and numerous mobile phones. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The three men, aged 22, 32 and 38, were arrested and remanded in custody.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>They men faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday (12 February 2021) charged with:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Importation of  commercial quantities of border controlled drugs contrary to section 307.1(1) of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995 </em>(Cth);</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Possessing commercial quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs contrary to section 307.5(1) of the <em>Criminal </em>Code<em> Act 1995</em> (Cth); and</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dealing in proceeds of crime worth $10,000 or more contrary to section 400.6(1) of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995 </em>(Cth).</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span>AFP Commander Investigations Southern Command Todd Hunter said the operation highlighted the AFP’s commitment to protecting the Australian community from the scourge of drug-inflicted harm.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“The first importation attempt began early in the new year of 2021 – proving those who seem to profit from the suffering and addiction of vulnerable Australians don’t take a holiday</span></span>. Rest assured – neither will the AFP,” Commander Hunter said</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We will continue to work tirelessly alongside our partners, as has been demonstrated in this case, to stay one step ahead of organised criminals.  It is more important than ever that we seek out and prosecute those who heap the burden of crime on the public.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ABF Port Operations East Acting Commander Brendan Slape says the ABF is committed to keeping drugs off Australia’s streets.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Illicit drugs have a devastating effect on individuals and their families and ABF Officers are committed to protecting the community from these harmful substances,” A/g Commander Slape said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Criminals are constantly looking for new ways to try to smuggle their drugs in, but our highly-trained officers come across tens-of-thousands of packages a week and they know if something isn’t right.”</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Sun, 14 Feb 2021 21:17:34 +0000 Emma Cooper 758 at https://www.acic.gov.au More than $3.5 billion of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2018–19 https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/more-35-billion-illicit-drugs-seized-australia-2018-19 <span>More than $3.5 billion of illicit drugs seized in Australia in 2018–19</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kate</span></span> <span>Thu, 2020-09-24 10:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-30T12:00:00Z">30 September 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Today the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the seventeenth edition of the <em>Illicit Drug Data Report</em>, which continues to provide an authoritative picture of illicit drugs in Australia.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The 2018–19 report shows that more than 26.6 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized nationally, with methylamphetamine remaining one of the most consumed and seized illicit drugs in Australia. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said the estimated street value of the weight of amphetamines, MDMA, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2018–19 is around $3.5 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to illicit drugs alone.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In 2018–19 new records were set. These include:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>5.1 tonnes of amphetamine type stimulants (excluding MDMA) detected at the Australian border</span></span></li> <li><span><span>5,378 national cocaine seizures</span></span></li> <li><span><span>5,016 national cocaine arrests</span></span></li> <li><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">1,029 national hallucinogen arrests</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span>1,363 anaesthetic detections at the Australian border.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>Over the last decade, during which time the Australian population increased around 13 per cent, the number of national illicit drug seizures increased 77 per cent, the weight of illicit drugs seized nationally increased 241 per cent and the number of national illicit drug arrests increased 80 per cent with 153,377 arrests in 2018–19.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“It would appear that Australian drug markets continue to grow. As such, the importation, manufacture, cultivation and distribution of illicit drugs and related precursors in Australia remain focal points of government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” said Mr Phelan.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB">“These upward trends in national seizures and arrests highlight the continued vigilance of law enforcement in reducing the supply of all illicit drugs. They also highlight why illicit drugs continue to be a concern for law enforcement and the wider community, and the ongoing need to reduce demand.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>This report combines illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, forensic services, health and academia which inform our understanding and assist in focusing our collective efforts to respond to the issue of illicit drugs.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Our agency, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue serious and organised criminals seeking to bring these dangerous drugs to Australia and those who cultivate and manufacture them domestically.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“We also recognise illicit drugs are not just a law enforcement issue. We need to employ a holistic approach that focuses on supply, demand and harm reduction, with law enforcement and health agencies working together” Mr Phelan said.</span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span>The <em>Illicit Drug Data Report 2018–19</em> is available at <span><u><a href="http://www.acic.gov.au">www.acic.gov.au</a></u></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>ACIC Media</strong><br /> 02 6268 7343<br /> <a class="spamspan" href="mailto:media@acic.gov.au">media@acic.gov.au</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drug-data-report" hreflang="en">Illicit drug data report</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:42:30 +0000 Kate 698 at https://www.acic.gov.au Joint operation leads to significant methamphetamine seizure https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/joint-operation-leads-significant-methamphetamine-seizure <span>Joint operation leads to significant methamphetamine seizure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-09-05T12:00:00Z">05 September 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, South Australia Police, Western Australia Police</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, South Australia Police, Western Australia Police</p> <p>Yalata Police have uncovered approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine in a hire vehicle bound for Ceduna.</p> <p>About 5.30pm on Saturday, 2 September, a patrol acting on information received from West Australia Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) stopped and searched the vehicle at Nundroo, unearthing a large quantity of methamphetamine, commonly referred to as ‘Ice’.</p> <p>Police will allege the seizure could have a street value of up to 10 million dollars.</p> <p>With the assistance of Penong Police and Ceduna CIB members, Yalata Police arrested two male occupants of the vehicle.</p> <p>Two men from New South Wales; a 29-year-old man from West Ryde and a 29-year-old man from Homebush, were charged with possessing a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug.</p> <p>The pair has been denied police bail. Officers from SAPOL’s Serious and Organised Crime Branch have travelled to Ceduna to assist with the investigation.</p> <p>The seizure is directly linked to strategies enabled under the National Law Enforcement Methlyamphetamine Strategy, and its associated action plan known as Operation VITREUS.</p> <p>Detective Chief Inspector Tony Crameri, Officer in Charge of Serious and Organised Crime Branch, has praised the diligent efforts of local SAPOL members and their interstate counterparts.</p> <p>“We have achieved this significant outcome as a direct result of knowledge shared by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, via Western Australia Police.</p> <p>“This seizure serves to highlight the outstanding results we can achieve given a tactical, coordinated multi-agency response to the scourge of illicit drugs, particularly Ice, on our streets.</p> <p>“It is timely to remind the community that any person seeking to traffic illicit drugs can face penalties up to $500,000, and/or life imprisonment”, said Detective Chief Inspector Crameri. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/methylamphetamine" hreflang="en">Methylamphetamine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/ice" hreflang="en">Ice</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:22:47 +0000 Stephen 609 at https://www.acic.gov.au Victorian joint agency task force unhinges meth importation plan https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/victorian-joint-agency-task-force-unhinges-meth-importation-plan <span>Victorian joint agency task force unhinges meth importation plan</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-09-08T12:00:00Z">08 September 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police</p> <p>Three men have been arrested by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), following an alleged attempt to import 17 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed within a consignment of door hinges.</p> <p>Investigations began in August 2017, after the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) identified a number of Malaysian nationals suspected of planning a drug importation.</p> <p>A consignment arrived via air cargo into Sydney containing door hinges.  An examination of the hinges by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers revealed approximately 17 kilograms of a crystal substance secreted inside. </p> <p>Presumptive testing returned a positive result for methamphetamine – further forensic analysis will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the seizure.</p> <p>The JOCTF conducted further investigations, and yesterday (7 September 2017) arrested three Malaysian men – 35-year-old, a 31-year-old and a 28-year-old – in Chifley, New South Wales.</p> <p><a id="_GoBack"></a>The men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and attempt to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs,  and are due to appear at Sydney Central Local Court today (8 September 2017).</p> <p>The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.</p> <p>Australian Federal Police Commander Bruce Hill, Manager Organised Crime, said the JOCTF had acted swiftly to make the arrests.</p> <p>“As a result of intelligence, the JOCTF has been able to identify the alleged suspects connected to this investigation and make these arrests, showing just how closely our agencies are working together to combat organised crime,” Commander Hill said.</p> <p>Victoria Police Acting Commander Peter De Santo said this is a great example of swift action through joint collaboration with all agencies involved.</p> <p>ABF Regional Commander Victoria, James Watson, said this operation has achieved a terrific outcome that continues to highlight the success of the collaborative approach to fighting organised crime.</p> <p>“As this case once again shows, organised criminal syndicates are using sophisticated smuggling methodologies in an attempt to evade ABF scrutiny, but our officers have the expertise and technology to detect even the most elaborate concealment.”</p> <p>ACIC Victorian State Manager, Jason Halls, said these arrests show that methyl amphetamine is an attractive market for organised crime groups in Australia.</p> <p>“We are committed to working with our partner agencies to connect, discover, understand and respond to the threat and harm caused by these illicit activities.”</p> <p>The Victorian JOCTF is a team of specialists targeting organised crime from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police (VICPOL), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Border Force (ABF).</p> <p><strong>Media enquiries</strong><br /> AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333<br /> ABF Media (02) 6264 2244<br /> Victoria Police Media (03) 9247 5205<br /> Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (02) 6268 7343</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/methylamphetamine" hreflang="en">Methylamphetamine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/ice" hreflang="en">Ice</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:21:44 +0000 Stephen 608 at https://www.acic.gov.au Joint agency investigation uncovers conspiracy to import more than $200 million of illicit drugs from the Americas https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/joint-agency-investigation-uncovers-conspiracy-import-more-200-million-illicit-drugs-americas <span>Joint agency investigation uncovers conspiracy to import more than $200 million of illicit drugs from the Americas</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-11-03T12:00:00Z">03 November 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force</p> <p>Five Australians have been charged following a joint-agency investigation into an international drug importation syndicate.</p> <p>In March 2017, detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Rowena to investigate the importation of methylamphetamine and cocaine to Sydney.</p> <p>Investigators have been working closely with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).</p> <p>As a result of their joint inquiries, and with the assistance of the Mexican Federal Police, officers intercepted 101kg of methylamphetamine in Mexico on Thursday 14 September 2017.</p> <p>Police will allege in court the drugs, which have an estimated potential street value of more than $50 million, were destined for Australia.</p> <p>Further investigation revealed an alleged conspiracy to import 500kg of cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $150 million, from Columbia to Sydney, for further distribution across Australia.</p> <p>Following further inquiries, a controlled operation was conducted, and investigators arrested two men – aged 46 and 48 – at a car park on Market Street, Darling Harbour, just before 11am yesterday (Thursday 2 November 2017).</p> <p>The pair was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with attempt to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drug and supply large commercial of a prohibited drug.</p> <p>Shortly after, strike force investigators arrested a 40-year-old man at a home at Epping.</p> <p>At the same time, a 41-year-old man was arrested by South Australia Police outside a home at Collinswood, South Australia.</p> <p>Both men were charged with two counts conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, with the Epping man also charged with deal proceeds of crime.</p> <p>The NSW men were refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today (Friday 3 November 2017).</p> <p>The SA man was refused bail to appear at Adelaide Magistrates court later today. Strike force investigators will travel to Adelaide to seek the man’s extradition to NSW in coming days.</p> <p>Following the arrests, investigators executed search warrants at a home at Epping and hotel rooms at Darling Harbour and, with the assistance of South Australia Police, executed five search warrants in South Australia, including homes at Collinswood, Mawson Lakes, Seacombe Gardens, and Plympton Park, and a business at Kensington Gardens.</p> <p>Strike Force Rowena investigators seized more than $50,000 cash, designer watches, gold and silver bullion, numerous documents, and mobile telephones.</p> <p>A 36-year-old woman was arrested by South Australia Police after locating methylamphetamine at the Plympton Park home.</p> <p>She was charged with trafficking a controlled drug and granted bail to appear at Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday 13 December 2017.</p> <p>Investigations are continuing in NSW and internationally.</p> <p>NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said the investigation is indicative of the future of how law enforcement targets organised crime.</p> <p>“The Organised Crime Squad has developed strong relationships with law enforcement and intelligence agencies at home and abroad, which allows us to target drugs and other commodities at the source,” Det Supt Cook said.</p> <p>“By working together, we can cut deep into the profits of organised criminal activity, and prevent these poisons from even reaching our borders.”</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission NSW State Manager, Warren Gray, said this interception demonstrates the importance of international law enforcement and intelligence agencies working together to effectively target transnational criminal enterprises.</p> <p>“The trust that is built between nations through joint operational activity is paramount to the successful fight against organised crime, and we are committed to working with our domestic and international partners to connect, discover, understand and respond to the threat and harm caused by these illicit activities,” Mr Gray said.</p> <p>The United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration Sydney Resident Agent-in-Charge, Eric W. Baldus, said, “The seizure of more than 100kg of methamphetamine is a testament to the strong relationships we enjoy with our Australian law-enforcement partners.</p> <p>“This collaborative approach has repeatedly proven to be a catalyst for success when combating today’s sophisticated transnational drug trafficking organizations.”</p> <p>Vision of the police operation is available via Hightail: <a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=xp772RPl9je5BNrQq62ihiGXX5qy_S4qgpfYuAbOBA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fspaces%2ehightail%2ecom%2freceive%2fNsnnMmySfx%2fYmxhYzFhaW5AcG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXU%3d">https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/NsnnMmySfx/YmxhYzFhaW5AcG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXU=</a></p> <p>Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the importation or trafficking of illicit drugs to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: <a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=xp772RPl9je5BNrQq62ihiGXX5qy_S4qgsXc7gebUA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fnsw%2ecrimestoppers%2ecom%2eau%2f">https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/</a></p> <p>Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/methylamphetamine" hreflang="en">Methylamphetamine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/connect" hreflang="en">Connect</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/understand" hreflang="en">Understand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/respond" hreflang="en">Respond</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:19:54 +0000 Stephen 607 at https://www.acic.gov.au Joint investigation dismantles Sydney-based alleged criminal syndicate https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/joint-investigation-dismantles-sydney-based-alleged-criminal-syndicate <span>Joint investigation dismantles Sydney-based alleged criminal syndicate</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-11-12T12:00:00Z">12 November 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p>A Sydney-based cocaine-supply syndicate has been dismantled following a joint-agency investigation into money laundering.</p> <p>Strike Force Bugam is a joint investigation between the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) Organised Crime Squad and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) into internationally-based money laundering syndicates operating in Sydney.</p> <p>Over the course of the investigation, which began in June 2016, detectives also identified an alleged cocaine supply syndicate, who were trafficking cocaine from Thailand for on-supply.</p> <p>At the request of investigators, officers from Australian Border Force stopped a 49-year-old man as he arrived in Sydney from Thailand on Friday 2 September 2016.</p> <p>Police later seized 111 pellets containing cocaine, with a total weight of 1.1kg, which were allegedly secreted inside the man.</p> <p>He was subsequently charged with large commercial drug supply and knowingly participate in a criminal group. He remains before the courts.</p> <p>Two further men – then aged 36 and 46 – were arrested by investigators on Wednesday 21 December 2016 after allegedly being observed supplying 1.1kg of cocaine at Pyrmont.</p> <p>Both men were charged with drug supply. They remain before the courts.</p> <p>Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Bugam officers, with the assistance of North West and South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squads, executed six search warrants at Dee Why, Five Dock, Lidcombe, Milperra, Padstow, and Panania, from 5am on Tuesday (7 November 2017).</p> <p>Investigators seized cash, steroids, fireworks, documentation, mobile phones, SIM cards, computers, electronic storage devices, a small amount of white powder, believed to be cocaine, and a stolen boat, which had allegedly been rebirthed.</p> <p>A 22-year-old man was arrested at the Dee Why home unit and taken to Manly Police Station, where was charged with knowingly direct activities of a criminal group, participate in a criminal group, two counts of drug supply, two counts of drug possession, two counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, publish false misleading material to obtain advantage, receive vessel/part-theft, dispose vessel/part-theft, knowingly possess identity plate not on correct vehicle, and dishonestly possess interfered with unique identifier.</p> <p>He was refused bail and appeared at Manly Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday 18 January 2018.</p> <p>Another 22-year-old man was arrested at the Lidcombe home and taken to Burwood Police Station, where he was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal, deal with property proceeds of crime-greater than $100,000, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, dishonestly interfere/copy unique identifier, dishonestly possess interfered with unique identifier, dispose vessel/part-theft, knowingly facilitate organised car rebirthing activity.</p> <p>He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday 30 November 2017.</p> <p>A 42-year-old man was arrested at the Milperra home and taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with participate in a criminal group, publish false misleading material to obtain advantage, receive vessel/part-theft, dispose vessel/part-theft, and dishonestly possess interfered with unique identifier.</p> <p>He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 29 November 2017.</p> <p>As a result of further inquiries, another two search warrants were executed at Dulwich Hill and Marrickville from 6am on Wednesday (8 November 2017).</p> <p>Investigators seized mobile phones, computers, electronic storage devices, and financial documentation.</p> <p>In total, Strike Force Bugam investigators have dismantled three criminal syndicates, with the arrest of 18 people, who were charged with 117 offences, including import, supply, and possess border controlled drug; directing and participating in criminal groups, dealing with proceeds of crime, vehicle re-birthing, and money laundering.</p> <p>In addition, investigators seized more than $1.7 million cash, 12.25kg of cocaine, 6.2kg of ice, 1000 MDMA tablets, seven illegal firearms, and six vehicles.</p> <p>Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said Strike Force Bugam has proven that ‘following the money’ is effective in the investigation of organised criminal activity.</p> <p>“Throughout this investigation, strike force officers have traced financial transactions and unravelled three criminal groups allegedly dealing in various aspects of illegitimate business,” Det Supt Cook said.</p> <p>“By focusing on the cash or other proceeds of crime, we are hitting them where it hurts most – profit.</p> <p>“The Organised Crime Squad sees the combination of our strengths with those of our partner agencies – in this case, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission – the key to success in combating transnational organised crime,” Det Supt Scott Cook.</p> <p>Australian Crime Intelligence Commission NSW State Manager, Warren Gray, said serious and organised crime is growing in sophistication and constantly adopting new and advanced technologies to undertake illegal activities which can impact all Australians.</p> <p>“Investigations like Strike Force Bugam affirm the effectiveness of ‘following the money’ to detect and disrupt organised criminal activities,” Mr Gray said.</p> <p>“This outcome is a strong example of the value of intelligence sharing between the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and our state and territory police partners.”</p> <p><em>Police are urging anyone with information in relation to organised criminal activity impacting their local community to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: </em><a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=yKWH2rjUYVUmpSy88E8wKbLLJmwfaNfinFuseBAGvA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fnsw%2ecrimestoppers%2ecom%2eau%2f"><em>https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/</em></a><em> Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/money-laundering" hreflang="en">Money laundering</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:18:57 +0000 Stephen 606 at https://www.acic.gov.au