Media Release: Drugs and assets seized in Adelaide

Release Date: Wednesday, December 19 2012, 04:00 PM

Following a protracted operation conducted jointly by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and South Australia Police, drugs with a street value of up to $3 million have been seized and an interstate drug trafficking operation has been disrupted.

A 30-year-old Greenacres man was arrested today and charged with trafficking illegal drugs. A 27-year-old Athelstone man was also arrested and charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime. Both men will be bailed with strict conditions to appear in court at a later date.  

The operation began in October when South Australia Police seized 1.6kg of cocaine, 1.5kg of methamphetamine and 15kg of Iodine (a precursor used in the manufacture of amphetamines) located in a storage unit at Windsor Gardens. Further investigations led to today’s arrests.

Search warrants executed this morning at two properties also uncovered large sums of cash in the boot of a vehicle and in both homes, as well as equipment commonly used to manufacture illegal drugs.

In addition to the seizure of drugs and today’s arrest, assets worth approximately $1.7 million were also restrained, including:

  • four houses
  • nine motor vehicles, including a Lamborghini sports car, and
  • three bank accounts and the funds in them.

AFP Manager Adelaide Office Mick Calatzis said that today’s result shows that law enforcement agencies are working together like never before to disrupt any network that seeks to supply illicit drugs around Australia.

“Criminals should know that not only will you get caught, we will seize the profits you have derived from your criminal activity,” said Commander Calatzis.

“Today’s actions are an excellent example of the strong relationship the AFP and state police services have.”

South Australia Police Detective Superintendent, Peter Harvey said today’s arrest and the drug seizure from October provides yet another example of how the federal and state police continue to work together to combat the insidious drug trade. 

“The combined resources and commitment should serve as a very real warning to others,” Detective Superintendent Harvey said.

The Greenacres man has been charged with the following offences:

  • Trafficking in a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, namely Methamphetamine, contrary to section 302.2(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
  • Trafficking in a marketable quantity of a controlled drug, namely Cocaine, contrary to section 302.3(1) of the same Act
  • Pre-trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled precursor, namely Pseudoephedrine, contrary to section 306.2 same Act
  • Possessing a prescribed quantity of a controlled precursor, namely Iodine, contrary to section 33LB of the Controlled Substances Act 1984 (SA)
  • Dealing in the proceeds of crime (more than $50 000) contrary to section 400.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

The Athelstone man has been charged with:

  • Dealing in the proceeds of crime (more than $50 000) contrary to section 400.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.

The assets were restrained under Commonwealth proceeds of crime legislation.

This restraint action was undertaken by the Commonwealth Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce. The AFP-led taskforce brings together resources from the AFP, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Crime Commission in a focused effort to target criminal wealth.