Po­lice seek to stop flow of ice into WA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Tim Mayne

PERTH AIR­PORT WA Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the Aus­tralia Post fa­cil­ity at Perth Do­mes­tic Air­port in a bid to tackle the sup­ply of metham­phetamine into Western Aus­tralia.

Op­er­a­tion Tri­dent is a joint ef­fort be­tween a num­ber of agen­cies in­clud­ing the dog squad, foren­sics, de­tec­tives and cor­rec­tive ser­vices.

Nine tonnes of mail was ex­am­ined, with 121.6 grams of metham­phetamine, 16 MDMA tablets, 5kg of cannabis, 100 vials of an­abolic steroids and a hand­gun with seven mag­a­zines dis­cov­ered.

Sim­i­lar oper­a­tions, co-or­di­nated by WA Po­lice’s newly es­tab­lished Meth Desk and Meth Teams, will be held in fu­ture.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said un­der the plan, WA Po­lice would es­tab­lish Meth Trans­port Teams to tar­get sup­ply routes into the State.

“We know the ma­jor­ity of metham­phetamine is be­ing im­ported into WA and the Meth Trans­port Teams will aim to stop the flow of drugs be­fore they reach the streets,” Mrs Har­vey said.

She said there would also be ded­i­cated Meth Teams in the Or­gan­ised Crime squad tar­get­ing metham­phetamine deal­ers in metropoli­tan and re­gional WA.

“Metham­phetamine is un­like any drug we have seen be­fore in WA; it is linked to the vast ma­jor­ity of crime and comes with an un­prece­dented level of vi­o­lence,” she said.

But State Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan said the Gov­ern­ment was not tack­ling the prob­lem at its roots, par­tic­u­larly given that WA has dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age use of metham­phetamine.

“We need ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in our schools, in our col­leges and advertising cam­paigns,” Mr McGowan said.

“We also need to make sure peo­ple who al­ready have a metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion have some­where to go when they are ready to get off it.

“Just fo­cus­ing on the law and or­der an­gle will not solve the long-term prob­lem.

“While I sup­port mea­sures to dis­rupt the sup­ply line, that is not a ma­jor part of the so­lu­tion; the ma­jor part of the so­lu­tion is stop­ping peo­ple tak­ing it in the first place.

“Once they are hooked, it is very dif­fi­cult to get them off.”

Drug de­tec­tion dog Diego sniffs out mail at the Aus­tralia Post fa­cil­ity at Perth Do­mes­tic Air­port.

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