Cops roll out high-tech truck in meth fight
Police have a new “weapon” to fight the State’s unenviable title as the meth capital of Australia — a $500,000 X-ray truck to help detect drugs being smuggled in by road or mail.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said WA Police was the first State agency to own its own mobile unit to scan parcels and freight at distribution centres as well as the contents of vehicles travelling on suspected drug transit routes.
The high-tech truck has an X-ray unit similar to those used at airport security checkpoints as well as equipment to test the illicit drugs and other substances found.
Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said police would take the truck to regional areas for crackdowns on suspected drug transit routes, using powers that came into force in January to help stem the flow of methamphetamine into the State.
The laws enable police to lock down a 5km stretch of country road and declare it a suspected “drug transit route” for up to 14 days. Every truck or car travelling on that road during the period could then be searched without the need for police to demonstrate they had a “reasonable suspicion” there were drugs in the vehicle.
Mr O’Callaghan said the truck would be deployed on routes including the Eyre Highway and in the North West.
WA Police have used a Federal Government X-ray truck in recent months, with operations resulting in the discovery of meth, cannabis, guns and explosives.
The drug truck being used by WA Police.