Five arrested and 77kg of heroin seized in WA – the biggest in the State’s history

Five men have been arrested in Western Australia over the importation of 77 kilograms of heroin, which Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found in a consignment of industrial kitchen equipment which arrived from Malaysia.

It is believed to be the biggest heroin seizure in WA’s history.

Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force, with the assistance of ABF, arrested the men on Tuesday 8 June (2021), after ABF officers at the Perth container facility allegedly found the illicit drugs last month.

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Australian Border Force (ABF) Target Asbestos in Imported Building Products

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is undertaking a targeted period of action against imported building products at risk of containing asbestos. Asbestos is a prohibited import. 

Asbestos is a Tier 1 good under the Customs Regulation 2015, and carries significant penalties for its unlawful importation. Offences relating to asbestos importation by individuals can attract fines of up to $222,000 or three times the value of the goods, whichever is greater, and/or imprisonment for up to five years. For a body corporate the ...

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Two Sydney men arrested for importing cocaine

Two Sydney men have faced Central Local Court after allegedly importing $1.25 million worth of cocaine in two air freight parcels.

A 39-year-old Green Valley man and a 66-year-old Bonnyrigg man were arrested, after Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators executed a search warrant at the 39-year-old’s home.

The investigation into the importations began in April after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers noticed anomalies within a parcel labeled as an electric food warmer. An examination of the consignment revealed three kilograms of cocaine.

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230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives!

The Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives.

Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine ...

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Close to $100 million in drugs found in heaters and barbecues on Sydney cargo ship

Close to $100 million worth of methamphetamine (ice) been found concealed in electric barbecue grills and water heaters on a cargo ship docked in Sydney.

Police officers intercepted the Thai cargo vessel at Port Botany, where 62 large cardboard boxes were searched after the Australian Border Force (ABF) noted inconsistencies in the consignment details.

Once opened, officers found 316 kilograms of a crystallised substance which returned a “presumptive positive result” for methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of $94.5 million.

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Perth teenager charged with drug smuggling for allegedly trying to import 22kg of Heroin from China

A 17-year-old girl has been charged over her alleged role in a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling operation bringing heroin into Australia from China.

Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the Perth teen’s home earlier this month where they allegedly uncovered a package that was supposed to contain 22kg of heroin hidden in her bedroom wardrobe.

The dangerous drug had been switched out by investigators after a consignment of 254 vacuum sealed blocks of ‘half-catti’ Double UOGlobe-branded heroin was flagged by Chinese authorities, police say.

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Two more Australians arrested in connection to an international $301 million MDMA bust

Two more Australians have been arrested and charged in connection to a major joint international MDMA drug investigation originating in The Netherlands in 2019. The pair are accused of being members of an Australian-based criminal syndicate who attempted to take possession of 150kg of MDMA in Queensland in 2019.

Investigators allege the two men travelled from Sydney to Queensland in October 2019 to meet with a representative of a Netherlands-based criminal syndicate to acquire the illicit drugs. The duo have ...

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$2.7 million worth of cocaine concealed in clay bricks

A Sydney man has been charged as part of ongoing investigations into the alleged importation of cocaine worth $2.7 million concealed in clay bricks.

The air cargo consignment which arrived into Sydney from the United Kingdom, was declared to contain two clay bricks. The consignment was examined by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers who noted inconsistencies.

During a subsequent deconstruction, the consignment was found to container 9kg of compacted white power within the items which returned a presumptive positive result ...

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Victoria’s second largest liquid meth haul worth $80.7 million seized

540kg of liquid methamphetamine worth an estimated $80.7 million was seized after the border controlled drug was discovered concealed inside a shipment of thousands of canola oil bottles sent from Mexico to Melbourne.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers identified the suspicious consignment spread across two shipping containers when it arrived in Victoria.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers seized the shipment, which contained a total of 9,360 canola oil bottles. Forensic testing later confirmed 269 of the bottles contained an estimated 538 kilograms ...

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Asbestos Compliance

The Australian Border Force (ABF) will continue to focus on asbestos compliance this year, service providers and importers should take a precautionary approach when importing into Australia goods that present a high risk for containing asbestos.

While the ABF has fully applied Australia’s asbestos border controls since the introduction of legislation listing asbestos as a prohibited import, they are now concentrating efforts to ensure that asbestos is not deliberately or inadvertently entering the Australian market in materials used for residential and ...

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