Media Release: Two arrested for attempted methamphetamine importation

Release Date: Wednesday, November 07 2012, 08:04 AM

This is a joint media release between the AFP and Customs and Border Protection

A Taiwanese man and a Chinese national are scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with importing approximately 29 kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia.

The two men were arrested on Monday 5 November as a result of a joint operation between the AFP and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

On 17 October 2012, Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a consignment of three wooden crates at Melbourne Airport originating from Hong Kong.

An x-ray examination discovered anomalies within the crates. Further searches revealed nine clear packets containing rock-like crystals which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The three crates and their contents were referred to the AFP for investigation. Further forensic testing indicated the presence of more than 29 kilograms of methamphetamine.

As part of the AFP’s investigation into the seizure, a search warrant was executed in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir on Monday.

During the search warrant, AFP officers arrested a 48-year-old Taiwanese man and charged him with:

  • Importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is an $825,000 fine and/or life imprisonment.
  • Attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine contrary to Sections 307.5 and 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The maximum penalty for this offence is an $825,000 fine and/or life imprisonment.

At the same time, the AFP arrested a 37-year-old Chinese national in the Melbourne CBD in relation to the same importation. The man was also charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to Sections 307.5 and 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

 

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