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Drug bust nets 2000kg

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    December 14, 2007 12:00am

    POLICE have smashed a global drug ring and arrested 14 Australians after the discovery of nearly 2000kg of drugs and drug-making chemicals bound for Australia.

    International law enforcement officers seized 600kg of cocaine, 111kg of ice, 83kg of ecstasy and 1200kg of materials used to produce the drug ice and ecstasy.

    Australian Federal Police said the drugs destined for Australia had a street value of about $13.7 million.

    Australian Joint Asian Crime Group co-ordinator Det Chief-Insp John Lehmann said the operation had slashed the amount of drugs reaching Australia.

    "By using the combined expertise of the various agencies which are members of the JACG we have been able to work with international law enforcement agencies to dismantle a syndicate allegedly responsible for large volumes of illicit drugs reaching Australia's streets," he said.

    The Australian end of the global operation was launched in August after drugs were found concealed in suitcases arriving from Canada.

    The sting, which spanned six countries, involved officers from Customs, the AFP, NSW police, the Australian Crime Commission and the NSW Crime Commission.

    The 14 Australian arrests were made in Sydney and Melbourne where 28.6kg of ice and 23kg of ecstasy tablets have been seized since August. Police arrested 40 people during the investigation and seized $2.3 million in cash and $6.7 million worth of property.

    The JACG made its first arrests in Sydney after Australian Customs Service officers discovered 15kg of ice in the lining and frames of three large suitcases.

    The 14 Australians allegedly involved in the ring have been charged with a range of drug offences, including conspiracy to import and supply a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

    It was the second international drug syndicate smashed in the past week, following the AFP's arrest of two alleged drug kingpins in Melbourne and Canberra and the capture of a third in the Netherlands.

    Three Australians, Rosa Vu, Julie Ho and Anthony Trinh faced Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday charged with drug-related offences over their alleged involvement in the Canadian-operated global drug ring.

    They made no application for bail and were remanded in custody to appear again in the same court in April.

    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22921639-2862,00.html

    More here Canadian drug syndicate smashed: police - http://news.smh.com.au/canadian-drug-syndicate-smashed-police/20071213-1gsi.html