‘Largest ever WA ice bust’ nets $320 million worth of meth & more than $1 million cash
Posted on October 18, 2015 | By Henry | Leave a response
Police in Perth have confiscated 320 kilograms of methamphetamine worth $320 million, as well as $1.2 million in cash, in what has been described as WA’s largest ever ice seizure.
The drugs were seized in a joint operation yesterday between WA Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
This seizure is a hammer blow for the organised criminals who peddle in ice.Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan
Arrest warrants were executed at three residences, in Canning Vale and the Perth CBD.
Most of the drugs, about 316 kilograms, were found hidden in packages of Chinese tea at a house in Canning Vale.
An apartment on Adelaide Terrace and a hotel on Hay Street in the city were also raided.
Four Hong Kong nationals, ranging in age from 19 to 26, have been charged over the seizure.
Three of those men are believed to have been in Australia illegally, the fourth was on a visa.
The four men have already appeared in court and were remanded in custody.
Haul a ‘hammer blow’ to criminals, Keenan says
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was a significant haul.
“This latest seizure, this largest seizure in Western Australian history, is an example of the dividends that are being paid by the unprecedented cooperation between Commonwealth and state law enforcement,” he said.
“They have taken at least 320 kilograms of this terrible drug off the streets. That would have equated to 3.2 million individual hits of ice, with a street value of upwards of $320 million.
“This seizure is a hammer blow for the organised criminals who peddle in ice.”
Police said they feared what could have happened if the drugs had not been confiscated.
“[It] can only be described as frightening that this was going to hit our streets, this was going to be taken by members of our community,” WA Police acting deputy commissioner Michelle Fyfe said.
WA Police Minister Liza Harvey said the operation would put a significant dent in the ice market.
“I cannot tell you the impact that will have on the families, and the relatives and the friends of the meth addicts who wreak havoc on our community,” she said.