Methamphetamine imports seized in WA-Queensland drug operation

Large quantities of methamphetamine has been seized resulting a Queensland man and a WA man charged over importing the drug into Australia.

Around nine kilograms of the drug were intercepted in Perth and Brisbane hidden in furniture parts and located in homes during executed search warrants.

Australian Border Force (ABF) began investigations after its officers at a Perth air cargo depot intercepted a package from Malaysia on 26 July.

The package was described as flat pack shoe racks and shelves and addressed to a residence in Bunbury.

X-rays of the package revealed anomalies and an ABF drug detector dog gave a positive indication of the drug, with ‘gap filler’ like material spilling out of some of the shelf legs.

It will be alleged that officers found approximately two kilograms of a substance returned a positive test result for meth when they deconstructed the legs.

A second identical package addressed to a Perth residence was intercepted by ABF officers four days later at a different cargo depot, with officers allegedly finding another two kilograms of meth concealed in furniture legs.

A third package from Malaysia was examined by ABF officers in Brisbane on July 31, where they allegedly identified 1.8kg of meth in eight furniture legs.

The discovery was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Queensland.

AFP officers conducted a search warrant at a home in the suburb of Hillcrest on Monday afternoon, arresting a 28-year-old man.

It will be alleged officers located over $491,000 in cash and additional 1.8 kilograms of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of other substances.

As part of the same investigation, Western Australian Police Forces Drug (WAPF) and Firearm Squad intercepted a vehicle in Canning Vale on 3 August.

Several furniture parts were seized from the vehicle with police alleging the parts contained approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine.

A 37-year-old Glen Iris man was arrested.

WAPF and AFP detectives executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Bunbury where it will be alleged similar items were located containing approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine.

It will also be alleged he attempted to take possession of similar items on 26 July.

The Hillcrest man appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border controlled drug and possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs suspected of being unlawfully imported.

He was also charged with trafficking commercial quantities of controlled drugs and dealing in proceeds of crime worth $100,000 or more.

The Glen Iris man was charged with two counts of attempting to possess prohibited drugs with intent to sell or supply, possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply and possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates court on October 20.

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