MORE than 320kg of methamphetamine and $1.2 million in cash was seized in WA police’s biggest ever drug bust last week.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said 320kg of the “terrible drug” would have equated to about 3.2 million individual “hits” of ice and had a street value of more than $320 million.
He acknowledged the combined work of State and Federal police and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), which resulted in the seizure.
Four Hong Kong nationals have been arrested; three were in Australia illegally and one was on a visitor visa.
WA Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michelle Fyfe said on Tuesday that officers stopped a car in Willetton and arrested the 18-year-old driver.
A number of search warrants were then executed in the Perth metropolitan area.
Mrs Fyfe said a search at a Canning Vale residence resulted in the seizure of an estimated 316kg of crystal methamphetamine, a “significant amount of cash” and associated paraphernalia.
Ten suitcases and a sports bag containing numerous one-kilogram packages of meth concealed in packets of Chinese tea were found at the premises.
Two Canning Vale men aged, 18 and 19, were charged with possessing the drugs and unlawfully obtained cash.
At an Adelaide Terrace address in Perth, officers found a further 56g of amphetamines and paraphernalia.
Five kilograms of methamphetamine and a large amount of cash in Australian dollars was located at a hotel in Hay Street.
Another two men, aged 21 and 26, were arrested on drug and unlawfully obtained cash charges. All four men appeared in Perth’s Magistrate Couth last Wednesday and were remanded in custody.
Mrs Fyfe said the investigation had stopped an alarming quantity of crystal methamphetamine from reaching WA’s streets.
ACC chief executive Chris Dawson said intelligence was provided by the ACC-led Eligo National Task Force, which tracks organised criminals through their illicit money trails.
He said the task force would continue to work with its international posts and that it was strongly impacting on organised crime syndicates in South-East Asia.
To report suspicious behaviour or information about drug trafficking, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.