Police charge man after Taskforce Trident cross-border drug investigation

Trident Taskforce detectives have today charged a man and seized various quantities of drugs following an investigation into national drug trafficking.

The investigation involved detectives from Icarus Taskforce, Prahran Divisional Response Unit and Western Australian Police’s Drug and Firearms Squad.

On 20 April WA Police seized a parcel that had been allegedly lodged for delivery to a Melbourne address and contained $129,000.

WA Police’s Drug and Firearms Squad intercepted another parcel that same day, which will be alleged to have originated in Melbourne.

This parcel contained approximately 1kg of methylamphetamine and 84gm of cocaine concealed inside a kitchen appliance.

Investigators executed a search warrant at an address on Bay Road in Sandringham early this morning.

They subsequently seized drugs, including methylamphetamine and 1,4-Butanediol, and a Mercedes Benz, alleged to be the proceeds of crime.

A 39-year-old Sandringham man was charged with traffick large commercial quantity and will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Police will allege that drugs of dependence were regularly being concealed in white goods and sent from Melbourne to Perth.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information about illicit drug activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Detective Inspector Craig Darlow, Trident Taskforce:

“This is a remarkable result and one that highlights the modern cross-border nature of drug related crime.

“There may be a perception drugs can be easily concealed, however we have seen time and time again, the ability of police to detect and seize these substances.

“This is a warning that regardless of where you are or where how you operate, we will target those involved in the manufacture and trafficking of illicit drugs and hold them to account.”

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