Four men charged with drug offences in Perth

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, Western Australia Police, New South Wales Police, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Four men have been charged in Perth with drug-related offences following the seizure of 21.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, reducing the supply of illicit drugs to the Australian community.

The operation – a collaboration between the AFP-led National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS), the Australian Crime Commission, Western Australia Police and NSW Police Force – targeted an Asian organised crime syndicate allegedly trafficking drugs from Sydney to Perth.

As a result of investigations stemming from Australian Crime Commission intelligence, police will allege the crime group sent two separate packages, containing a combined weight of five kilograms of methamphetamine, through a transport company from Sydney to Perth.

On 14 June 2016 police conducted a controlled delivery of the consignments in Western Australia.

NAGS WA, Australian Crime Commission Perth Office and the Western Australia Police Gang Crime Squad then executed a search warrant at an address in Woodlands, WA, locating the drug packages and equipment consistent with commercial drug distribution. Further search warrants were executed in the Perth suburbs of Burswood, Balga and Belmont, where smaller quantities of methamphetamine and $19,000 cash were seized.

A 38-year-old man from Mount Pritchard NSW and a 38-year-old man from Balga WA were arrested in a car park following the WA warrants. Both were charged with attempted possession of prohibited drugs with intent to supply under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 WA. Two further men, aged 39 and 42 from Woodlands WA, were arrested and also charged with the same offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.

All four men were refused bail and appeared in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday (15 June 2016).

As part of the same operation, NAGS NSW, NSW Police Force’s Chemical Operations Team and the Cabramatta Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a Mount Pritchard address in Sydney, locating 13 kilograms of methamphetamine and approximately $20,000. A second Mount Pritchard search warrant at a separate address uncovered a clandestine drug laboratory with 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine seized.

The operation demonstrates the coordinated approach between Commonwealth and State agencies across jurisdictions to target crime groups and criminal networks at the source.

Note: Images associated with this operation can be made available upon request.

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