Ice haul: 14 foreign nationals charged after police intercept 200 kg of drugs bound for Perth streets

Ice haul: 14 foreign nationals charged after police intercept 200 kg of drugs bound for Perth streets

SIX Malaysian and eight Chinese nationals have been charged with commercial drug importation offences after a huge haul of ice was seized by police.

The Western Australian Joint Organised Crime Task Force sting netted 200 kg of methylamphetamine, with a street value of about $200 million.

The operation, which involved Australian Federal Police, was sparked on April 27th, when Australian Border Force operatives discovered a suspect commercial fishing boat off the WA coast near Geraldton.

Subsequent inquiries led officers to raid several properties across Perth.

At one address in East Cannington about 150 kg of methylamphetamine was seized, while at another address in Embleton 50 kg of the drug was found.

That marks the biggest meth seizure in Perth this year, and the largest haul since 320 kg was found in December 2015.

The eight Chinese nationals were the crew of the commercial fishing boat.

It will be alleged the 14 people charged were part of an organised criminal syndicate set up to bring drugs into WA via small boats.

WA Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs said this quantity of methylamphetamine had the capacity to cause great harm to Western Australians.

“It is the job of WA Police and its partner agencies to tackle the supply of this highly addictive drug in our community,” Deputy Commissioner Dreibergs said.

“The criminal syndicates that profit from the misery caused by ‘ice’ are firmly in our sights.

“We have achieved unprecedented success targeting the supply of this drug through strong relationships with our law enforcement partners combined with our local reach.”

Australian Crime Commission CEO Chris Dawson agreed a haul of this size could destroy communities.

“The Australian Crime Commission has assessed that methylamphetamine poses—by far—the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types, and by a significant margin,” Mr Dawson said.

“These shipments of illicit drugs would have devastated countless individuals, families and communities.”