Taiwan helps in Australia's record meth bust

Cheryl Sanders
January 17, 2018

A record 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine has been seized in WA and eight men have been charged over the $1.14 billion (NZD) drug bust.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), a member of the task force, alleges a boat named the Valkoista arrived at the Port of Geraldton about 2 a.m.

As it left the dock, the van was intercepted by tactical response police officers, who arrested a 33-year-old man from Sydney and two men from NSW aged 38 and 52. Picture: Australian Federal PolicePolice with three men arrested in Geraldton.

Australian law enforcement authorities seized 1.2 metric tons of methamphetamine in the largest meth bust in the country's history after being tipped off by Taiwanese authorities, Taiwan's Investigation Bureau said in a statement Friday.

Police believe the drugs came from China, with the packages covered in Chinese lettering. The agency said the drugs were then moved from the boat to a van.

Two other Australian nationals were arrested at a hotel in northern Perth following the operation.

"We're thankful this amount of the drug won't be able to get into the lives of everyday Australians", he said.

"Australia's maritime border is vast and some criminals clearly think they can exploit that and evade detection - they are wrong".

"We are very pleased that 12 million hits of methamphetamine will be off the streets over the Christmas [and] new year period", said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Charges laid against the eight men include importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, and possessing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported.

All the men are scheduled to appear in Perth magistrates court on 17 January.

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