Six arrested as police seize 51.5kg of methamphetamine

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SIX people including three Bulgarian nationals have been arrested over a 51.5kg methamphetamine haul in Western Australia with an estimated street value of $25 million.

Border Force officers x-rayed the suitcase of a 33-year-old Sydney man at Perth Domestic Airport on Monday and found 20kg of the drug, while 31kg of meth also was seized at Dampier Port in the Pilbara.

Police also found 0.5kg at a residence in Armadale in Perth’s south.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the seizures and arrests were powerful examples of what could be achieved when law enforcement agencies worked together.

“Methamphetamine has a devastating impact upon our community and our efforts are focused on disrupting the supply of this damaging drug into Western Australia,” Commissioner Dawson said

The Joint Organised Crime Taskforce investigation into the alleged drug trafficking syndicate began in mid-2017.

Police allege the drugs were imported to the North West of the State via a bulk cargo carrier and brought ashore.

Three Bulgarian nationals, a 42-year-old woman, a 47-year-old man and a 39-year-old man have appeared in court charged with importation of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

At Perth Domestic Airport on Monday the Organised Crime Squad arrested a 33-year-old Sydney man in possession of 20 kilograms of methamphetamine.

At a residence in Armadale on Tuesday Organised Crime Squad officers targeting the distribution of illicit drugs in our suburbs executed a search warrant on the property.

Officers seized 527 grams of methamphetamine, two hand guns and more than $50,000 cash.

It will be alleged the drugs were found in hidden compartments throughout the house.

A 41-year-old man and 24-year-old woman have been charged with serious drug and firearm offences.

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