WA man jailed over drug and cash find

Editor’s Note: images of seized items available via Hightail

A Perth man has been sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment for drug trafficking and dealing in the proceeds of crime after he was arrested during an AFP organised crime investigation.

The man, 29, was sentenced in the District Court of Western Australia yesterday (2 August 2022) following a trial in June (2022), where he was found guilty of the three charges he faced.

AFP officers arrested the man in October 2019 after they executed a search warrant at his Nollamara home.

At the warrant officers found items linked to drug supply and almost 500 grams of methamphetamine inside a concealed compartment in his bedside table. A card to activate the drawer lock was found in the kitchen.

 Police also found methamphetamine in other containers in the home - totalling another 50 grams, almost $60,000 cash, 3.2 grams of heroin and a drug ledger on the man’s computer.

Other items seized included four vehicle wheels with cuts in the tyres, which police said was consistent with the removal of concealed narcotics. One tyre contained an emptied Chinese tea package identical to packages from previous methamphetamine seizures in Australia. 

AFP forensics experts tested the tyres, with swabs from one tyre returning a positive result for methamphetamine and another a positive result for cocaine.

Another Chinese tea package, heat seal packaging with remnants of methamphetamine on it and surgical gloves were found in a bin. Scales with traces of illicit drugs on them, more clip seal bags and heat seal packaging were also found in the home.

AFP Acting Sergeant Chris Lilburne said the AFP was continuing to make Australia as hostile as possible for anyone who tried to supply drugs and profit at the community’s expense.

“Illicit drugs cause immense harm in our community and this matter shows how AFP investigators and forensics analysts work together to identify and link people involved in the drug trade,” he said.

The man was convicted of:

  • trafficking a marketable quantity of a controlled drug, contrary to section 302.3 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
  • dealing in proceeds of crime worth $50,000 or more, contrary to section 400.5 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and
  • possessing heroin, contrary to section 308.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).  

He has been ordered to serve three years and six months’ imprisonment before he will be eligible to apply for parole.

A woman who is related to the man, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in April 2021 after being arrested as part of the same organised crime investigation. The details of her sentencing are available in this media release.

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