Man charged 67kgs drugs and firearm seized

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This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police, WA Police, and the Australian Crime Commission.

A 35-year-old Parmelia man is scheduled to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 23 June 2016), charged with drug and firearm offences.

The man was arrested earlier this month as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and the Western Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad (WA NAGS). The WA NAGS involves members of the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police.

It will be alleged that the man was secreting drugs and firearms in bushland south of Perth.

On Wednesday, 8 June 2016, the man was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to sell or supply.

Search warrants were executed in the bushland and at the man’s residence, and police seized around 62 kilograms of compressed cannabis head in cryovac bags, $99,850 cash and a high-powered rifle with ammunition.

At this time, the man was charged with possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply; unlawful possession of cash; unlawful possession of a firearm; and unlawful possession of ammunition.

On Tuesday, 21 June 2016, police again attended the bushland and located an additional four kilograms of methamphetamine, 300 grams of suspected MDMA tablets and ammunition.

Yesterday, the man was charged with an additional offence, namely:

  • Two counts of possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981.

AFP Commander Matt Rippon, State Manager WA said the continued excellent cooperation between the NAGS and the ACC was resulting in significant seizures of drugs.

 “As a result of the combined efforts of the WA NAGS and the ACC, a sum of illicit drugs and dangerous weapons were removed from the community before they had an opportunity to cause harm,” Commander Rippon said.

“This investigation shows the lengths to which organised criminal syndicates will go to conceal their crimes. But it also shows that our capabilities and our partnerships place us in the strongest position to stay one step ahead in an increasingly global criminal environment.”

WA Police Commander Pryce Scanlan said the seized drugs had the potential to cause significant damage in the community.

“Illicit drug abuse is linked to anti-social behaviour, other crime types such as burglaries and stealing and dangerous road user behaviour, so we regard any seizure as a win for the community,” Commander Scanlan said.

“We encourage the community to help us cut off the supply of illicit drugs by providing us with information to assist our investigations. This can be done by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting www.crimestopperswa.com.au.”

Australian Crime Commission WA State Manager, Doug Miller, said that transnational organised crime groups are primarily motivated by profit and they see Australia as a profitable market.

“The Australian Crime Commission is committed to working with our partners to target these groups and we’re confident that our combined efforts will continue to produce significant results,” Mr Miller said.

 

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