Four men are facing life imprisonment for allegedly importing about $45 million of methamphetamine into WA in a pile of wood in a shipping container.
Just a few weeks prior to this discovery, this same method of concealment was used to import 154kgs of methamphetamine into Sydney.
This haul of methamphetamine, weighing in at 45kgs, arrived into Fremantle from Africa in June. An x-ray examination of the container by the Australian Border Force (ABF) detected 106 packages hidden within nine of the logs.
A controlled delivery was made to an address in Baldivis. As a result of the operation, a 42-year-old man and a 54-year-old man were arrested and charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), by virtue of section 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
Subsequently, two men were allegedly involved in the importation. In late July, search warrants were conducted in Western Australia and Victoria. A 33-year-old man was arrested in Western Australia, and a 29-year-old Nigerian man was arrested in Victoria, and then extradited to Western Australia.
Both men were charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
ABF Regional Commander WA Rod O’Donnell said the AFP and ABF are resolute in their commitment to stemming the flow of this illegal and dangerous drug into Australia.
“This seizure is yet another example of the ABF’s success in targeting large shipments of methamphetamine arriving in air and sea cargo,” Commander O’Donnell said.