Man extradited from New South Wales faces drugs charges

A man has been extradited from New South Wales following the seizure of drugs in WA two years ago.

The 55-year-old man will face charges after Methylamphetamine and Heroin were discovered in a vehicle stop in 2018.

The vehicle was stopped near Northam on Sunday August 5 where police allege a search of the vehicle located 1.88kg of Methylamphetamine and 699g of Heroin.

A man and a woman who were occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged at the time.

The investigation into the origin and intended destination of the drugs continued in partnership with New South Wales Police Force.

Police allege that the 55-year-old man travelled to WA around the same time to receive the drugs, but left the state when he was unable to contact the two people who had been arrested.

The Perth Magistrates Court approved a warrant for the man’s arrest in relation to two counts of “Attempted Possession of Drugs with Intent to Sell or Supply.”

He was extradited from New South Wales and was handed over to WA Police at Perth Airport.

The man was refused bail and appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today.

WA Police said it was an extensive investigation that had the potential to impact the community.

“The scourge of illicit drugs, particularly Methylamphetamine, is something that impacts on communities across Australia, and we remain committed to working with our interstate and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence partners to identify, disrupt and dismantle Serious and Organised Crime Groups,” the spokesperson said.

“Every person in a drug network is responsible for the drug related harm we see in our communities – the manufacturers, the financiers, the dealers and the transporters –  and each and every one of them will be investigated.”

They said they were still able conduct investigations in conjunction with police in other states despite WA’s hard border.

“The current hard border we have in place to protect the community from the spread of COVID is not a hurdle in our investigations – we have simply adapted the way we do business to continue to investigate serious crimes in Western Australia back to our state to face justice,” they said.

“Through careful planning we are able to continue to conduct important investigations without compromising the safety of the WA community.”

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