Six people have been charged following investigations into a suspected serious crime group operation between Western Australia and South Australia.
The people were arrested and charged following search warrants executed in Padbury, Beckenham, Mount Lawley, Morley, Highgate, Mirrabooka, Trigg and Kardinya.
An initial search warrant were executed at a residence in Warburton Avenue on Monday, resulting in four people detained at the residence.
Organised Crime Squad detectives alleged the search resulted in 12.2kg of Methylamphetamine being located and three men from Trigg, Inglewood and Padbury arrested and charged.
Shortly after the arrests, a second search warrant was executed at a motel on Albany Highway in Beckenham.
Police searched their motel room, locating in excess of $100,000 in cash.
Two South Australia truck drivers who had recently arrived from the state were arrested.
Search warrants were also executed at residences in Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, Tonbridge Way in Morley, Harold Street in Highgate, Lambourne Retreat in Mirrabooka, Arnott Street in Trigg and Moore Garden in Kardinya.
A 23-year-old Highgate man was arrested during the search in Highgate.
WA Police allege the Highgate man was involved in the exchange of Methylamphetamine and cash.
A 30-year-old man from Trigg, a 30-year-old man from Inglewood and a 42-year-old man from Padbury have been charged with a “Possessed Trafficable Quantity of Methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.
The man from Trigg was also charged with possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property and possessing drug paraphernalia, while the man from Padbury was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and drug paraphernalia in which there was a prohibited drug or plant.
They were both refused bail and appeared in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 26 May and are due to appear again on 22 June.
Meanwhile, a 51-year-old and 53-year-old South Australian men have been charged with selling, supplying, offering to sell or supply a trafficable quantity of Methylamphetamine.
They were also charged with laundering property or money from the proceeds of a major offence.
The men were also refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on 26 May and will appear again in June.
The Highgate man has been charged with selling or supplying or offering to sell or supply a trafficable about of Methylamphetamine and laundering property or money from proceeds of a major offence.
He was refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on 26 May and will appear again in June.
Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn said it was a significant seizure.
“These drugs would have done untold damage to individuals, to families, to our community,” he said.
“These drugs would have been distributed in our community – with countless vulnerable members of our community being on the receiving end, vulnerable people who are preyed on by criminal networks who want to profit from the misery they create.”
He said investigations would continue following the arrests.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said it was another example of police taking drugs and distributers off the streets.
“The pandemic has not stopped the work of our police,” she said.
“We remain strongly focused on keeping the community safe in every respect both from coronavirus and the scourge of methamphetamine.”