25 January 2024

More than 100 kg of drugs seized in ACT's largest meth bust

| Claire Fenwicke
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More than 100 kg of meth destined for Canberra has been seized. Photo: ACT Policing.

A shipment of car radiators from the United States bound for Canberra was found to be concealing more than 100 kg of methamphetamine.

ACT Policing and the Australian Border Force (ABF) intercepted the drugs, which make up the Territory’s largest meth bust.

ABF officers detected the drugs in November 2023 after the shipment arrived in NSW from the US.

The consignment was described as 56 radiators and addressed to a business in Fyshwick.

Officers allegedly found 106 kg of methamphetamine when they deconstructed the package and the items were seized.

Four search warrants were executed in Sydney on Friday, 19 January, by ACT Policing’s Drug and Organised Crime Team with assistance from AFP Eastern Command and the NSW Police Force’s Drug and Firearms Squad.

No arrests were made, but investigations are continuing.

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ACT Policing Detective Acting Inspector John Callaghan said police were committed to stopping drug traffickers from harming the Canberra community.

“The drugs seized had the potential to be more than 1 million individual ‘hits’ of methamphetamine,” he said.

“Drug use can have devastating impacts upon the community, including incidents of drug driving and violent assaults. They also negatively impact each individual drug user.

“Drug traffickers don’t care about the harm their products cause, only about the money to be made, which is why preventing drug harm is so important to ACT Policing.”

ABF Assistant Commissioner East Erin Dale said ABF officers would continue to do their part to keep meth and other illicit drugs off Australian streets.

“The illicit drug trade is affecting everyday Australians, disrupting families and livelihoods – the ABF will not apologise for detecting and preventing these harmful substances from coming into our country,” she said.

“Let me be clear: the ABF will not stop working to identify and prosecute those involved in attempting to import illicit substances into Australia.

“This should serve as a warning to criminal groups – no matter where you are attempting to import or move your drugs, the Australian Border Force and our partners will be waiting.”

Anyone who has information about this importation or the sale or distribution of other illicit drugs in the ACT is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7614491.

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GrumpyGrandpa9:01 pm 29 Jan 24

“The consignment was described as 56 radiators and addressed to a business in Fyshwick” and no arrests?

Maybe deconstructing the package and seizing the goods at Customs, has proven to be less effective than catching them taking delivery of the goods?

No arrests? Maybe a controlled delivery was in order!

ABF Assistant Commissioner East Erin Dale said ‘the ABF will not apologise for detecting and preventing these harmful substances from coming into our country,’. What an unbelievably silly comment. It’s against the law to import drugs and it is the job of ABF to stop illict drugs from entering the county.

Large drug busts in the ACT and decriminalisation of drugs in the same jurisdiction. Now would ever guess that the two are linked? The answer anyone with a brain.

Great work by ABF and ACT Police, they just prevented a lot of harm occurring to many people. Is it a coincidence that the largest shipment of Meth was bound for the ACT just 1 month after decriminalisation?

I’m sure decriminalisation has nothing to do with it. Meth, herion, cocaine have millions of dollars to be made. I’m sure if you dealt in drugs these would be the three main ones on your shopping list.

In basic psychology, this is negative punishment.
By your arguement, perhaps the laws were pushed to be changed so that people could profit of the vulnerable.

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