AUTHORITIES announced the seizure of about 21 kilograms of methamphetamine and the arrest of two men after an investigation in Perth into a Western Australia-based drug-trafficking syndicate.
The Australian Federal Police, with the assistance of the Australian Border Force identified the drugs concealed in an industrial oven sent from Canada to Perth earlier this month.
The AFP executed several search warrants in the Perth metropolitan area with the assistance of the Western Australia Police Force and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
In addition to arresting the two men, police summonsed a third, charging them all with commercial drug importation offences.
AFP state manager for Western Australia Commander Greg Harrigan said police had spared many individuals and families the significant and often tragic consequences of this dangerous drug.
“We will allege that the syndicate responsible for this importation had been operating in Perth for an extended period and have links to organised crime groups in Vietnam and Canada. We are continuing to evaluate evidence gathered as part of this investigation and further operational activity cannot be ruled out,” Commander Harrigan said.
“This investigation should serve as a warning to those that seek to import illicit drugs. You are up against multiple law enforcement bodies working closely together, not only here in Australia, but across the globe. You will be caught and, when you are, you will face the potential of life in prison.”