Media Release: Five arrested and 21kg of methamphetamine seized in joint operation

Release Date: Tuesday, July 21 2015, 04:26 PM

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Western Australia Police.

The Western Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad and West Australia Police (WA Police) arrested five people and seized 21 kilograms of methamphetamine in a joint operation on Sunday night.

This seizure is the largest methamphetamine seizure in the state this year, with a street value of approximately $21 million.

During the joint operation, involving WA Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), police observed what appeared to be a drug transaction in Karrinyup, WA.

Police stopped the two vehicles involved, seizing approximately 11 kilograms of methamphetamine and $7445 from one, and $90,000 cash from the other.

A 50-year-old Stirling man, a 25-year-old Blackett (NSW) man and a 43-year-old Eden’s Landing (Queensland) man were subsequently arrested.

Search warrants were then executed at a property in Karrinyup, where police seized a further 10 kilograms of methamphetamine, which was allegedly packaged similarly to the first.

A 43-year-old Marsden (Qld) man and a 31-year-old Werrington (NSW) woman were arrested by police.

WA Police State Crime Commander Pryce Scanlan said this operation had prevented a significant quantity of a harmful, illicit drug from reaching the Western Australian community.

“The impacts of methamphetamine on communities are well documented and WA Police are committed to targeting this illicit drug trade,” Commander Scanlan said.

“Drug traffickers show no regard for the wellbeing of our community. They profit from the vulnerabilities of others.

“We encourage the community to join us in our efforts against this trade by providing us with any information regarding the illicit drug trade that may assist our investigations.”

AFP Acting WA State Manager Steven Hulbert said the strong cooperation between law enforcement agencies continues to benefit the local community.

“We are all committed to stopping those who continue to push this damaging substance onto Australian streets,” Acting Commander Hulbert said.

“The efforts of law enforcement agencies to stopping the harm done to communities by methamphetamine will involve us continuing to target those who seek to profit from the addiction and misery of others.”

All five people faced court on Monday 20 July, charged with various drug related offences. They were refused bail and will reappear in Perth Magistrates Court in coming weeks.

  • 50-year-old Stirling man was charged with:
    • Possess a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
  • 25-year-old Blackett man was charged with:
    • Supply a prohibited drug
    • Possess a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
    • Possess stolen or unlawfully obtained property
  • 43-year-old Eden’s Landing man was charged with:
    • Supply a prohibited drug
    • Possess a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
    • Possess stolen or unlawfully obtained property
  • 43-year-old Marsden man was charged with:
    • Possess a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply
  • 31-year-old Werrington Downs woman was charged with:
    • Possess a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply

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