Two men charged and 2kg of crystal meth seized

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and the Australian Border Force

Two men have been charged following a joint investigation into the importation of two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (ice) through the international air cargo stream.

Joint Taskforce Icarus officers – including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force (ABF) and Victoria Police – concluded the investigation after the initial detection by ABF air cargo operations at Melbourne Airport on Thursday, 28 April 2016.

On Friday 6 May, AFP and Victoria Police arrested a 23-year-old Taiwanese national and a 22-year-old Chinese national.
Both have been charged with:

  • one count of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug, namely crystal methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), and
  • one count of attempt to possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 and 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for those convicted of importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drug is life imprisonment.

Both men are due to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday, 11 May).

Joint Taskforce Icarus targets those who seek to use the international mail stream and air cargo systems for criminal activity.

Law enforcement agencies seek the community’s ongoing assistance to minimise the harm caused by drugs, and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333
Victoria Police Media: (03) 9247 5205
ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244

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