Authorities in Western Australia have charged a 62-year-old man after discovering around five kilogrammes of methamphetamine disguised in a box from the United States.
On 4 August 2021, Australian Border Force agents in Perth allegedly discovered the illegal substances after they investigated a parcel labelled “papers” addressed to a Mirrabooka address.
A package containing a white liquid was purportedly buried between sheets of paper in 21 of the A4 envelopes in the box. The drug tested positive for methamphetamine in presumptive testing.
The shipment was reported to the Australian Federal Police, who began an investigation into those engaged in the illegal narcotics importation.
Before delivering the package to the Mirrabooka house yesterday morning, police retrieved the methamphetamine (Tuesday, 10 August).
The parcel was allegedly opened by a 62-year-old homeowner, and when AFP and ABF officers executed a search order at the property yesterday afternoon, they claimed discovered materials from the illegal shipment inside a black bag in the hallway.
The item was not addressed to the residents, according to police, and a bogus name was employed to avoid attracting law enforcement’s attention.
The 62-year-old male was arrested and is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, August 11) on the following charges:
Importing a commercial amount of border controlled narcotics, specifically methamphetamine, in violation of section 307.1 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
Contravening section 307.5 of the Criminal Code 1995, attempting to possess a commercial quantity of BCD, specifically methamphetamine (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offences is life in prison.
Any other parties involved with the importation and potential distribution are being investigated.
After Operation Ironside, AFP Detective Acting Inspector Tim Knight stated that the AFP is not resting on its laurels and is persistently seeking anyone attempting to profit at the expense of our communities.
He calculated the street worth of this amount of methamphetamine in WA to be around $5 million.
“Organised crime networks perceive Australia as a viable market because of the huge demand for drugs and the high prices consumers are ready to pay,” Detective Acting Inspector Knight said.
“Money spent on illegal narcotics goes straight to criminals’ coffers, fueling a violent and exploitative multinational economy.
“The AFP is collaborating with our partners to protect our communities by stopping illegal narcotics from reaching the streets and arresting those who engage in the nasty business. We’re urging the public to assist us by reporting suspicious activity to the police.”
Shaun Senior, the ABF’s Acting Commander for Operations West, stated that ABF officers are dedicated to stopping harmful substances at the border.
Acting Commander Senior stated, “Our highly competent officers utilise a number of approaches, including advanced technology, to detect illicit narcotics, regardless of how effectively they are concealed.”
“Detections like this show that there is a high demand for methamphetamine in Australia, which is why the ABF works closely with its law enforcement partners to track down individuals who are attempting to bring drugs into the country.”