TWO people have been arrested following an apparent attempt to import a large consignment of MDMA.

On 31 October 2019, Australian Border Force officers at Perth Gateway Facility found 27.5g of MDMA tablets and 27.5g of MDMA powder in a package from the United Kingdom.

It will be alleged the drugs were hidden in a children’s toy painting kit.

ABF officers alerted Australian Federal Police and WA Police Force to the discovery and WA detectives investigated. Detectives raided a home in Charing Crescent in the Perth suburb of Marangaroo.


It will be alleged a search found several items consistent with the sale or supply of cannabis.

A 27-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested.

As part of the investigation an electronic device that was seized during the search warrant was examined and $1,524,102 worth of cryptocurrency located.

The cryptocurrency asset has been frozen, pending court proceedings.

The man and woman have both been charged with:

•Attempted Possession of Drugs with Intent to Sell or Supply (MDMA)

•Possession of Prohibited Drugs with Intent to Sell or Supply (Cannabis)

They were denied bail and are next due to appear in the Joondalup Magistrates Court.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Matthews, Officer in Charge of the Drug & Firearm Squad, said the cryptocurrency seizure is believed to be the highest value seizure of its kind made by WA Police Force.

“Using the latest technologies and digital forensic techniques we thoroughly investigate all possible methods of holding financial assets, and will target all forms of wealth that may be derived from the illicit drug trade,” Senior Sergeant Matthews said.