Two Victorian men arrested following investigation into importation of border controlled drugs

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

Task Force Icarus officers with the assistance of the Warrnambool Divisional Response Unit arrested two men following a joint agency investigation into the importation of border controlled drugs through the international air mail stream.

Investigators executed a search warrant in Terang, Victoria on Tuesday 6 September and arrested a 21-year-old Terang man.

The 21-year-old was charged with three counts of importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and one count of importing border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

He was bailed to appear at the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on 28 November, 2016. The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years imprisonment.

A 19-year-old, also from Terang, was arrested in Warrnambool and interviewed in relation to allegedly trafficking a drug of dependence. The man was released pending further enquiries.

Taskforce Icarus officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police, and Australian Border Force (ABF) commenced a joint agency operation in August 2016 after ABF officers identified a number of suspicious importations which led to the execution of the warrant and arrests.

Task Force Icarus is a joint agency initiative that targets those who seek to use the international mail and air cargo systems for criminal activity.

Australia’s law enforcement agencies need 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 at confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
 

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