Lo­cal peo­ple in WA ice bust

CASH AND DRUGS CHARGES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

A 25-YEAR-OLD man from Black­ett has been ar­rested as part of the largest drug raid in Western Aus­tralia this year.

He was one of five peo­ple ar­rested by lo­cal and Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice last Sun­day, where 21kg of metham­phetamine was seized with a street value of around $21 mil­lion.

Po­lice stopped two ve­hi­cles in Kar­rinyup, WA, af­ter see­ing an al­leged drug deal.

They seized around 11kg of al­leged meth and $7445 from one man, and $90,000 cash from the other.

The 25-year-old Black­ett man, a 50-year-old WA man, and a 43-year-old Queens­land man were ar­rested.

The Black­ett man was charged with sup­ply­ing a pro­hib­ited drug, pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug with in­tent to sell or sup­ply and pos­sess­ing stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty.

Search war­rants were then ex­e­cuted at a prop­erty in Kar­rinyup, where po­lice seized a fur­ther 10kg of metham­phetamine.

A 31-year-old Wer­ring­ton woman and a 43-year-old Queens­land man were ar­rested by po­lice.

The woman was charged with pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug with in­tent to sell or sup­ply.

WA Po­lice State Crime Com­man­der Pryce Scanlan said this op­er­a­tion had pre­vented a sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of a harm­ful, il­licit drug from reach­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to join us in our ef­forts against this trade by pro­vid­ing us with any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the il­licit drug trade that may as­sist our in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Com­man­der Scanlan said.

AFP Act­ing WA State Man­ager Steven Hul­bert said the strong co-op­er­a­tion be­tween law en­force­ment agen­cies con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We are all com­mit­ted to stop­ping those who con­tinue to push this dam­ag­ing sub­stance onto Aus­tralian streets,” Act­ing Com­man­der Hul­bert said.

“The ef­forts of law en­force­ment agen­cies to stop­ping the harm done to com­mu­ni­ties by metham­phetamine will in­volve us con­tin­u­ing to tar­get those who seek to profit from the ad­dic­tion and mis­ery of oth­ers.”

All five peo­ple faced court on Mon­day charged with var­i­ous drug-re­lated of­fences.

They were re­fused bail and will reap­pear in Perth Mag­is­trates Court in com­ing weeks.

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