Drugs, gun and $2.5 million cash seized in Australia-wide operation

2014-05-02 01:29:41 | Al Muslim News
 Drugs, gun and $2.5 million cash seized in Australia-wide operation


An Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation has disrupted a criminal syndicate trafficking narcotics across the country, seizing almost 100 kilograms of amphetamine-type substances and various precursor chemicals, drug manufacturing equipment and approximately $2.5 million in cash. A total of 50 kilograms of methamphetamine, 15 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine tablets, 20 kilograms of ephedrine, 10 kilograms of a powder suspected to be pseudoephedrine, and various precursor chemicals were seized during eight search warrants in Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast. The investigation began when AFP investigators identified a consignment of 12.5 kilograms of methamphetamine that was sent from Sydney to Perth. The methamphetamine was seized by the AFP and substituted with an inert substance. A 41-year-old Gold Coast man was arrested on Sunday, 27 April, after travelling to Perth and taking possession of the consignment. Additional search warrants executed on the man’s Broadbeach (Queensland) residence and another associated location resulted in the seizure of mobile phones, precursor chemicals, manufacturing equipment and an estimated $1 million in cash. A 35-year-old man from the Sydney suburb of Londonderry was later arrested in relation to the same matter. It will be alleged in court that he facilitated the shipment of the methamphetamine to Perth. A search warrant on his residence took two days to complete due to the large quantity of drugs, manufacturing equipment and chemicals located. Also seized during that warrant and at another associated location were a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition, a number of blackberry mobile phones and an estimated $1.5 million in cash. Members from the NSW Police Force, Western Australia Police and Queensland Police Service provided assistance to the AFP during this operation. AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime, Commander Scott Lee said this operation demonstrates the AFP’s commitment to disrupting the activities of syndicates attempting to import, manufacture and distribute illicit drugs, and deal with the proceeds of criminal activity. “This investigation has struck a significant blow to an organised crime syndicate that was actively operating across Australian borders,” Commander Lee said. Both men were charged with attempting to traffic commercial quantities of controlled drugs, contrary to section 302.2 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), and appeared before courts in Sydney and Perth on Monday (28 April). The maximum penalty for Attempting to traffic commercial quantities of controlled drugs is life imprisonment and/or $1,275,000 fine. Enquiries into this matter remain ongoing and the AFP has not ruled out further arrests..

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