Yesterday South Australia Police and Australian Border Force seized 50kg of methylamphataime, with a street value of approximately $25million.
Police acted on information received and stopped the semi-trailer in Port Wakefield travelling between Western Australia and New South Wales.
Officer in Charge of the Drug and Organised Crime Task Force, Detective Chief Inspector Darren Fielke said the truck was mostly carrying horse feed, but two buckets of the controlled drug were also located.
“This is a very significant seizure of methylamphetamine. In terms of the quantity and value, it is one of the largest seizures in recent times,” Detective Chief Inspector Fielke said.
“Methylamphetamine causes major social problems in our community, so to see this amount of illicit drugs taken off our streets is a very positive result.”
Further to the investigation, three properties were searched in the norther suburbs, where police located counting machines, computers, electronic scales and packaging items.
The truck was transported to the Australian Border Force Cargo Examination Facility where its load was x-rayed. Anomalies were identified in one of the 16 pallets, and an ABF drug detector dog subsequently gave a positive response to that pallet. A number of buckets were identified, each containing a crystalline substance that returned a presumptive positive result for meth.
Two men were arrested for trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug, one is due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrate Court today.
“This seizure sends a strong message to those involved in the production of controlled substances. Police continue to work with our interstate counter parts to share information and take these illicit drugs off of our streets – you will be caught.”