Huge drug haul after yacht hits WA reef

Burton Island. Picture: Supplied
Burton Island. Picture: Supplied

ABOUT one tonne of illicit drugs has been found on a West Australian island after a yacht ran aground on a reef, with two foreign nationals charged over the massive seizure.

Members of the public on Monday told police about the stricken vessel near Stick Island, which is part of the Houtman Abrolhos island chain west of Geraldton, and the unusual movements of its crew.

Police then found a 51-year-old French man and a 34-year-old British man on Burton Island on Tuesday.

About 40 bags containing up to one tonne of suspected illicit drugs was found, with preliminary tests indicating they include cocaine and ecstasy.

The pair faced Geraldton Magistrates Court on Thursday and have been remanded in custody to appear again on September 20.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said they allegedly sailed across the Indian Ocean.

“The fishing community of Geraldton played a significant role in this detection and seizure and maintained regular contact with police as this matter unfolded,” Mr Dawson said.

“These people have helped protect Western Australia’s borders on this occasion and we are grateful for their efforts.”

Anyone with information regarding the sale of distribution of illicit drugs is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

 

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