Assets seized in national drug raids

Several houses were raided in Mirrabooka, Perth city, New South Wales and South Australia, resulting in the seizure of more than 16kg of methyl amphetamine, 23.5kg of cannabis and five luxury vehicles.

The operation spanned three States and involved support from a range of key law enforcement agencies both in Australia and overseas.

Police officers detected several heads of suspected crime syndicates operating across three States with the assistance of a WA based trucking company and a South Australian driver.

Detective Inspector Chris Adams from the Serious and Organised Crime Division said the arrests should remind people of the implications of becoming involved in organised crime.

‘Law enforcement agencies across all jurisdictions work closely together to target those people involved in illicit drug distribution, and with increased intelligence sharing you are more likely to be caught now than ever before’, Detective Inspector Adams said.

‘Being able to work closely with South Australia Police, the Australian Crime Commission and other key law enforcement agencies, based in Australia and overseas, has been critical to our success.

‘Organised crime syndicates are not restricted by State borders, and have expansive webs of contacts, and law enforcement agencies must work in a similar way to identify, disrupt and dismantle their networks, as is the case for this operation,’ he said.

As part of the operation, WA Police Organised Crime Squad detectives executed 15 search warrants in Western Australia and South Australia. This included extraditing three people from South Australia to face court in Western Australia.

Of the 17 people charged with 51 offences, seven of them are considered to be the people in charge of the alleged drug syndicate, and 12 of the people will face drug trafficking charges.