Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New WA Police meth truck to disrupt supply of ice into WA

    10/07/2017 12:15 PM
     
    • ​WA Police take delivery of high-tech X-ray truck aimed at stemming the flow of meth and other drugs into WA
    • Meth truck to complement McGowan Government's comprehensive Methamphetamine Action Plan - a State-wide co-ordinated strategy to address the scourge of meth

    Police Minister Michelle Roberts has welcomed the delivery of a new mobile X-ray unit - the latest weapon in the fight against the scourge of methamphetamine in our community.

     

    The meth truck is equipped with a Smiths Hi-Scan X-ray unit similar to those used at security checkpoints in airports.

     

    The Organised Crime Squad's Meth Transport Teams will deploy the truck to drug transit routes across the State, to target criminal syndicates trying to traffic meth and other illicit drugs into Western Australia.

     

    The technology will also be used at mail packaging centres and freight handling facilities across the State.

     

    WA Organised Crime Squad detectives have been using an X-ray unit on loan, and have charged 29 people as a result of X-ray examinations in the past few months.

     

    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:

     

    "WA has a reputation as the meth capital of Australia and we need to use all of the tools at our disposal to stem the flow of this evil drug into our State.

     

    "Criminal syndicates are coming up with more sophisticated ways of trying to conceal drugs and our police are always looking for ways to be one step ahead.

     

    "WA Police has already had success when it comes to meth interceptions, and this new bit of kit, along with our commitment for 100 extra officers for a meth border force, will significantly boost those efforts.

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to reducing the devastating impact of meth in our community by disrupting the supply, punishing those who traffic in this misery and breaking the cycle of drug-related crime."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900