Australian-first Covid vaccinations for foreign seafarers in Port Botany

New South Wales Health will provide Covid-19 vaccinations to a small number of foreign seafarers onboard vessels that transport gas between Australian Ports in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus entering the community.

The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed this initiative between NSW Health and NSE Ports, which will cover vessels that regularly visit the Port Botany Bulk Liquids Berth, but said the model must be rolled out nationally to reduce the risk of Covid transmission to waterfront ...

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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.

The ...

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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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1kg of Heroin, cash, and firearms seized in joint investigation, Gold Coast

A Robina man has been charged in connection with attempting to import a kilogram of heroin into Queensland. Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF), in Sydney, had recently detected the heroin which had been sent through the international mail stream.

Police executed a search warrant at a Robina residence where a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple drug and weapon offences.

During the search of the man’s residence and vehicle, police located and seized a .22 calibre pistol with ...

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4 dead, 9 missing after cargo ship runs aground in the Philippines

Four crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the southern Philippines have died, while seven have been rescued and a search is continuing for nine others, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

The crew of LCT Cebu Great Ocean abandoned the vessel, which was carrying nickel ore and 2,000 litres of diesel, before it ran aground on Monday 19th April.

The bodies of the four crew members were found after being washed onto the shore, while the seven were rescued ...

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Man charged after seizure of 34kgs of drugs from Melbourne ‘safe house’

Joint Taskforce Icarus members have arrested and charged a 35-year-old Melbourne man, in connection to a 34kg seizure of drugs from an alleged ‘safe house’ early this year. Investigators arrested the Melbourne man at his city apartment and he is the fourth person charged with serious drug offences as a result of the joint taskforce investigation codenamed Operation Trento.

In January the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police officers seized 13.3kg of methamphetamine and 20.8kg of the border controlled precursor ...

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Two men charged after 63 kilograms of Meth was found hidden in shipping pallets

Two men from Sydney have been charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), after allegedly importing 63 kilograms of meth concealed inside shipping pallets from Malaysia, with an estimated street value of $18.9 million. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.

The men were arrested after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to an address in Guildford ...

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