7 June 2023

Man to front court after $3.5 million worth of meth seized at ACT border

| Claire Fenwicke
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The drugs were seized following a traffic stop on the Barton Highway. Photo: File.

A 33-year-old Phillip man is set to front ACT Magistrates Court today after more than five kilograms of methamphetamine were seized during a targeted traffic stop on the Barton Highway.

Officers pulled over a white Ford Transit on the Barton Highway at about 3:55 pm on Tuesday (6 June).

A police statement said a crime scene was established and “several search warrants were executed”.

“A search warrant on the vehicle located a large sophisticated hydraulic concealment area within the vehicle,” the statement said.

Along with the methamphetamine, encrypted mobile devices and about 500 grams of Boric Acid (a known cutting agent) were seized.

It’s estimated the drugs have a street value of more than $3.5 million.

A further search warrant was executed at the Phillip man’s apartment, where more cash was seized. Police will allege this money was the proceeds of crime.

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ACT Policing Detective Inspector Mark Steel said the seizure of the drugs should serve as a warning to people trying to bring illicit substances into the Territory.

“ACT Policing continues to target those who try to profit from the distribution of illicit drugs, and this seizure means there will be less drugs causing harm on Canberra’s streets,” he said.

“Drugs like methamphetamine are not social drugs; they inflict harm on the users, and lead to other violent crimes being committed.”

The man has been charged with one count of trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

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ACT border? Really, there is such a thing? I’m sure I was taught during the worst of the Covid years that there was not such thing. That Canberra was, in fact, just NSWs second biggest city. Well, there you go, enlightened again.

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