US citizen arrested in Australia for drug offenses

10/05/2020Australia, Law Enforcement, USA

The outcome of a joint inquiry by a 33-year old American was a court in Melbourne charging him with importing methamphetamine and selling cocaine. The man was detained by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers at his Ringwood residence yesterday (25 September 2020) and appears today in the Melbourne Court by video link (26 Sept. 2020).

He was charged with importing about 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine that were intercepted on 10 September 2020, as well as with cocaine trafficking within Australia by Australian Border Force (ABF) officer. During the investigation, Victoria Police helped.

In five bottles of hair products imported from France, the methamphetamine was hidden. ABF officers tested the distribution and observed irregularities, with product testing given a positive methamphetamine indicator in the bottles.

The AFP investigators took over the consignment to a Collingwood building. Following inquiries, the US national was recognized as previously resident at the address and on Wednesday 23 September 2020, AFP police officers and Victoria police officers received a search warrant in Collingwood. AFP officers detained the man at a Ringwood residence yesterday (25 September 2020).

The court alleges that the man made it easier to manufacture methamphetamine from outside the nation. There are ongoing investigations to find other persons involved in Australian distribution plans. In court, the man has also attempted cocaine via the mail system from Melbourne to another individual in Sydney.

The man was charged with:

  • One number, methamphetamine (contrary to Section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), for imports of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
  • Attempted possession by virtue of Article 11.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) of a commercial volume of a border-controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
  • In contravention of Section 302.4(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (CIC), trafficking of controlled medication, namely cocaine.

The highest punishment is life imprisonment for the first charge.