Man faces court over record methamphetamine seizure

A 45-year-old Sydney man is expected to appear before Perth Magistrate’s Court today to face charges for his alleged role in the importation of 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine in Geraldton, Western Australia in December 2017, Australian Federal Police say.

The man was arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Sydney on 21 December 2018, and extradited to Perth on Thursday (10 January 2018). He is the tenth person to be charged in relation to the 2017 WA Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF) investigation, which remains the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Australian history.

The 45-year-old Sydney man was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug (methamphetamine) contrary to S307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

It will be alleged the man was a key facilitator for the importation and its subsequent intended distribution in Australia.

The maximum penalty for these charges is life imprisonment.

The Western Australian Joint Organised Crime Task Force (WA JOCTF) comprises the AFP, Western Australia Police Force, Australian Border Force (ABF), AUSTRAC, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

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