Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Minister praises meth seizures as WA’s Meth Border Force tackles scourge

    16/03/2018 9:00 AM
    • 51.5kg of methamphetamine seized in operations this week
    • Six people arrested after investigations targeting the supply of meth into the State
    • 1,345kg of meth seized in WA since July last year
    • The significant outcomes were the result of collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission 

    Police Minister Michelle Roberts has praised the work of the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partner agencies, in stopping an estimated $50 million of methamphetamine hitting our streets.


    The Minister joined Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson at Police headquarters today to outline details of several police operations, which this week led to the seizure of 51.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.


    On Monday (March 12), officers attached to WA's Meth Border Force seized 20 kilograms of methamphetamine after detecting the consignment in the suitcase of a 32-year-old Sydney man.


    The drugs were detected using the new Meth X-Ray Truck.


    Also on Monday, 31 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at Dampier Port in the Pilbara during a joint operation with our Federal counterparts.


    Two men and a woman, all Bulgarian nationals, have been charged with Commonwealth drug importation offences.


    Since coming to office, the McGowan Government has made a significant investment in police to tackle the meth scourge.


    The Meth Border Force is a key plank of the co-ordinated plan, with 100 extra police officers and 20 specialist staff, boosting efforts to intercept the drug before it hits our streets.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "I want to congratulate all the officers involved in operations this week, which have led to the significant quantity of meth being prevented from entering our community.


    "Meth is tearing families apart. It is driving burglaries, theft, serious assaults and other violent crime in our community.


    "After years of inaction on the meth crisis by the Liberal Nationals, the McGowan Government has moved swiftly to boost police efforts to intercept more of the drug with a $83.5 million investment


    "Our police are doing an excellent job to remove this highly addictive drug from our streets and communities.


    "Since July last year, 1,345kg of meth has been seized by the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partners."


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