Police and security agents have seized about 3kg of methylamphetamine (‘ice’) and 17kg of cannabis after a week-long operation at Perth Domestic Airport. While much publicity is given to drug smuggling at Australian international airports – not everyone realises that similar police operations are carried out at domestic airports and terminals.
The WA Police Organised Crime Squad Meth Transport Team (MTT) and Australian Border Force (ABF) made a big haul at Perth Domestic Airport.
The operation, conducted earlier this month, involved officers from the MTT, ABF, and the WA Police canine squad.
Drug detection dogs and x-ray machines were used to target people bringing drugs into WA on domestic flights.
The MTT was formed as part of the WA Police Meth Enforcement Action Plan and is tasked with policing transport hubs and gateways to target the supply of methylamphetamine and other prohibited drugs into Western Australia. WA Police Detective-Senior Sergeant Jason Blaine said this operation has stopped a large amount of crystal methylamphetamine and cannabis from hitting the streets.
“This operation highlights our ability to rapidly deploy resources where they are needed to target the supply of illicit drugs in our community,” he said.
The ABF works with its partner agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and WA Police to maintain a strong presence at the border.
Two men have been charged with drug possession with intent to sell or supply after the seizures.
On the Australian international airport circuit, meanwhile, a 52-year-old Finnish man has been charged with attempting to import approximately 224 grams of cocaine inside his body after being targeted by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers on arrival at Brisbane International Airport on Monday 18 April 2016.
After questioning the man and examining his bags, the ABF officers determined that he was not a genuine tourist and cancelled his visa.
The man was suspected of concealing drugs internally and the matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
He later passed 26 pellets containing cocaine.
The man was charged with one count of importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drug, namely cocaine, contrary to section 307.2 (1) of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.
Edited by Peter Needham