Dianella: Police charge alleged national drug trafficker

Some of the drugs seized by the National Anti-Gangs Squad.
Some of the drugs seized by the National Anti-Gangs Squad.

A DIANELLA man (36) has been charged for allegedly trafficking packages of methamphetamine and cocaine from Melbourne to Perth.

The 36-year-old is one of four arrested as a result of a National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) WA operation involving Victoria Police, WA Police Force and the Australian Federal Police, targeting a network with suspected links to outlaw motor cycle gangs.

Investigations began in July 2017 after WA Police discovered several packages sent from Melbourne to Perth.

The packages contained about 115 grams of methamphetamine and 30 grams of cocaine.

He was arrested on May 4 and November 28, where he was charged with the possession of about 5.5kg of methamphetamine, 500g of cocaine and 500g of MDMA, which were previously seized by police.

These drugs have a total estimated street value of about $4.3 million.

The drugs were found concealed in a car boot.

The man and his counterpart allegedly used encrypted mobile phones and vehicles modified with secret compartments to avoid detection from police.

He will appear before Perth Magistrates Court today, facing charges of possession of a trafficable quantity of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply and possession of cocaine and MDMA with intent to sell or supply.

In March 2018, related search warrants undertaken in Perth by the WA NAGS resulted in a 50-year-old man and 25-year-old woman also being charged after 7.5kg of methamphetamine, 1.5kg of cocaine and 500g of MDMA were seized.

Police believe these drugs have a total estimated street value of about $6.2 million.

A 38-year-old man from New South Wales was also arrested after 25kg of methamphetamine and more than two tonnes of chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized.

AFP Superintendent Steven Hulbert said the operation showed the importance of cross-jurisdiction collaboration in helping police keep illegal drugs from harming more lives.

“As police, we know better than most the significant and heartbreaking impact that illegal drugs have on individuals, families and whole communities – they are the communities we work and live in every day,” he said.

Detective Inspector Mark Twamley said the WA Police Force was addressing interstate supply chains and stopping illegal drugs reaching local streets.