Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    New Meth Enforcement Vans to hit Western Australian highways

    25/11/2018 10:30 AM
    • $712,000 of new equipment to boost police efforts to stem the flow of methamphetamine into WA
    • McGowan Government supporting the WA Police Force to tackle the State's ice epidemic
    • Part of the McGowan Government's $104.1 million commitment to the Meth Border Force 

    New Meth Enforcement Vans with cutting-edge technology are being deployed around the State, as part of the McGowan Government's crackdown on methamphetamine.


    The three vans have been purpose-built specifically for drug transit route enforcement activities by the Meth Border Force.


    Complete with forensic testing facilities, drug detection devices and specialist communications equipment, the new Meth Enforcement Vans will allow police to conduct extended drug transit operations on highways where it is suspected meth is being trafficked throughout the State.


    Nightscan lighting towers fitted to each of the vans will allow police to carry out operations anytime, day or night.


    Two of the Meth Enforcement Vans are being deployed permanently to the Kimberley and Goldfields regions, while a third will be based in Perth to be deployed rapidly at short notice.


    Police have seized more than 1.5 tonnes of meth in the past 12 months, and the addition of this equipment will boost efforts to seize and disrupt the supply of ice around the State.


    Three Isuzu trucks have also been purchased to transport equipment for the Meth Border Force.


    The Meth Enforcement Vans were constructed in Western Australia by a local manufacturer.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "This new equipment will significantly boost police efforts to disrupt the supply and movement of meth around the State.


    "Importantly, it also provides a safer and more operationally efficient environment for officers conducting these very important operations.


    "We're committed to giving our police the resources they need to tackle the meth scourge, which is why we've committed $104 million to the WA Police Force over the next five years.


    "We know from recent wastewater testing that there are still challenges with meth in regional WA, and this new equipment will go a long way to disrupting the movement of meth into regional communities."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900