22 October 2018

Canberra man to face court for drug trafficking and money laundering

| Lachlan Roberts
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Police seized cocaine, over $100,000, a set of knuckle dusters, as well as trafficking paraphernalia. Photos: Supplied by ACT Policing

A 34-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (22 October) on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

Around 12:50 pm last Wednesday (17 October), members of the ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations-Drugs and Organised Crime Team, assisted by the ACT Dog Team and AFP Forensics, executed a search warrant on a premise on Irving Street, Phillip.

While police did not find the alleged offender, a search of the premises resulted in police seizing a trafficable quantity of cocaine, over $100,000, a set of knuckle dusters, as well as trafficking paraphernalia, including electronic scales and packaging equipment.

Around 8:20 pm on Sunday (21 October), police arrested the man at the Canberra Airport as he landed from an incoming flight. The man was transported to the City Watch House where he was charged with trafficking in a controlled drug, money laundering, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Detective Station Sergeant Harry Hains said the disruption of drug trafficking remains a high priority for ACT Policing.

“The trafficking of illicit drugs underpins violent crime. ACT Policing will pursue those involved in this trade and strip them of their ill-gotten wealth,” Detective Station Sergeant Hains said.

“ACT Policing urges people with information regarding drug dealers to participate in the Dob in a Dealer campaign. Information can be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.”

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