Hamilton Hill man arrested after investigations into drug importation syndicate

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A HAMILTON Hill man is facing drug charges after investigations into a WA drug importation syndicate.

On September 25, the Western Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad, which includes members of the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police, pulled over a Holden Barina in a roadside traffic stop.

The 38-year-old Hamilton Hill man driving the car was arrested and taken to his home where a Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed.

During the search police allegedly found and seized 900g of a substance they believe to be cocaine, as well as more than $11,000 cash.

The man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, contrary to Section 6(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, which carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 fine, 25 years in prison or both.

The man appeared before the Fremantle Magistrates Court on September 26 and will reappear on November 13.

Australian Federal Police detective superintendent Peter Bodel said it was a good result in their fight against organised crime.

“We know Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are organised crime, and they are involved in the distribution and supply of drugs to fund their various criminal activities, with no regard for the devastating effects illicit drugs have on the Australian community,” he said.

“The AFP will continue to work with its law-enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle the criminal activities of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.”

WA Police Serious and Organised Crime Division detective superintendent Kim Massam said partnerships with other law enforcement agencies were pivotal in the fight against Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.