WA man charged over data access offence

This is a joint release between Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police Force

An alleged Outlaw Motorcycle Gang associate is expected to face a Perth court today (30 June 2022) after being charged by the AFP for allegedly refusing to comply with a data access order.

The man, 25, was arrested yesterday (29 June) as a result of an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking syndicate.

AFP officers, assisted by WA Police Force Gang Crime Squad officers, executed a Commonwealth search warrant at the man’s home yesterday and seized electronic devices, about $9000 cash and substances that are suspected to be steroids and cannabis.

The man allegedly refused to provide pin codes to enable investigators to access two of the mobile phones.

One of the mobile phones was wet when it was found by police, and the man allegedly had wet hands and forearms when he was located in the house.

He has been charged with one count of failed to comply with an order, contrary to section 3LA (6) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth). He was refused police bail and is expected to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court today (30 June).

AFP Acting Inspector Chris Colley said the penalties were significant if someone refused to provide access to electronic devices in matters where police were investigating a serious offence.

“If convicted, this man faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment,” Acting Inspector Colley said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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