A WEEK-long police operation has given authorities a “troubling insight” into the continuing demand for methamphetamine in Australia.
Authorities say drug syndicates using the postal system to import meth have been put on notice following their coordinated national operation last week.
The operation conducted by the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and state and territory police forces involved 26 search warrants, 46 deterrence door knocks, the searching or scanning of more than 10,000 mail items and five arrests.
Larger seizures included 4.7 kilograms of meth found during a Victoria search, and a 1kg seizure in the lining of a mail item from Mexico destined for a Sydney address.
AFP detective acting superintendent Robert Jenner said they made more than 100 individual drug seizures through search warrants and the screening of packages.
“This operation gave us a troubling insight into the continuing demand for meth in our community and how criminal networks will go to any length to try and meet that demand,” Supt Jenner told reporters in Sydney.
Supt Jenner said they also gathered intelligence that would inform future investigations.
“When you consider some of the postal seizures are as small as .2 of a gram of meth, this is a serious number of importations flooding our borders,” he said.
“These seizures were analysed and together with our partners the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, we’ve built a picture of where these methamphetamine imports were destined.”