52 million worth of illicit drugs seized
4 October 2012
The Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today congratulated the Joint Operations Crime Group (JOCG) on seizing more than 50kg of methylamphetamine from a premises in Wentworth Point, NSW.
“Over 50kg of drugs will not make it to the streets of Sydney because of the good work of our law enforcement officials,” Mr Clare said.
“A seizure of this size has a street value of up to $52 million. That is money that will not make its way into the hands of organised criminals.”
The Joint Operations Crime Group is a joint task force comprising officers from:
- Australian Federal Police (AFP),
- Australian Customs and Border Protection Service,
- Australian Crime Commission,
- NSW Police Force, and
- NSW Crime Commission
“This operation is evidence of the excellent collaboration between Australian law enforcement agencies.”
A 65-year-old male and a 36-year-old male, both Canadian nationals, have been arrested.
They have been charged with the supply of a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug contrary to Section 25(2) of the NSW legislation Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment and/or $550,000 fine.
“This seizure of these drugs is the result of crucial intelligence from the Australian Crime Commission.”
The Joint Operations Crime Group have not ruled out further arrests.
Media Contact: Minister Clare’s office - (02) 6277 7290