An investigation by the multi-agency Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) has resulted in the arrest of two people in Perth’s outer suburbs and the seizure of 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed inside a shipment of mobile phones.
Following an Australian Border Force (ABF) intelligence assessment of a consignment from Hong Kong, the JOCTF began its investigation.
The investigation concluded on Wednesday, 16 September, with the arrest of a 44 year-old Karnup man for attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine.
Later that day, Australian Federal Police and WA Police members executed search warrants with the assistance of members of ABF at two Karnup addresses and seized the shipment of mobile phones, which were found to be concealing a substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
The total weight of methamphetamine seized was approximately 9.5 kilograms. The exact weight and purity will be the subject of further forensic testing. The estimated wholesale value of the seized methamphetamine would be approximately $3 million.
A 45 year-old man, also from Karnup, was arrested and later charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine.
Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Perth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 17 September 2015. They were both refused bail, and are to re-appear on 7 October 2015.
The JOCTF is comprised of members from the AFP, WA Police, ABF, Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and AUSTRAC.
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