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Australian Border Force and Federal Police Arrest a 19-year-old Cocaine Smuggler

A 19-year-old Brazilian national will appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (20 August) charged with attempting to import four kilograms of cocaine into Australia through Melbourne Airport last weekend.

During an x-ray of the man’s luggage, ABF officers identified concealments in the base of two of his bags. The base of both bags were drilled and a white crystalline powder was found, which tested positive for cocaine.

The man was then referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine.

ABF Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania, Don Smith, said this type of concealment is not unexpected. “Potential drug importers need to be aware that the Australian Border Force is alert to the most sophisticated concealments,” Mr Smith said.

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WA Police Form New Transport Teams To Stop Meth Trafficking

Police Minister Liza Harvey announced the creation of police “meth transport teams” which will target supply routes into WA. Picture: Matthew Poon Source: News Corp Australia
Police Minister Liza Harvey announced the creation of police “meth transport teams” which will target supply routes into WA. Picture: Matthew Poon Source: News Corp Australia
Dedicated police “meth transport teams” will target supply routes into Western Australia in a bid to stop the flow of drugs into the state.

Police Minister Liza Harvey made the announcement on Sunday as part of the state government’s wider meth enforcement action plan that strives to stamp out the drug from WA streets.

WA has the highest methamphetamine use at 3.8 per cent of the population over the age of 14, compared to the national average of 2.1 per cent.

Ms Harvey said meth teams within the organised crime squad would also target drug dealers in metropolitan and regional WA.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan agreed that something had to be done to attack the “pathogen” which is “infecting” every part of the community.

Read more in The Australian.

Melbourne Methamphetamine Dealer Posted Ad On Classifieds Website

A Melbourne man who allegedly used an online classifieds website to spruik and sell the drug ice has been arrested by police.

Investigators from the Mill Park Divisional Response Unit came across the ad and launched an investigation to find the trafficker. 

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Organised Criminal Groups Becoming ‘Harder’ for Police To Detect

Police believe an organised criminal group was behind a series of similar growhouses police found in rental properties across Canberra.

Cannabis grow houses uncovered across Canberra were likely the tip of the iceberg as police moved to crack down on increasingly “fluid” criminal groups making inroads into the capital, an organised crime expert said.

ACT Policing flagged more properties would be raided in coming weeks after officers found more than 900 cannabis plants at various stages of maturity during raids on eight properties.

Police believed the same group of criminals used false identification to lease the properties before they set up the extensive grow houses and brought other people in to look after the crops.

Australian National University visiting fellow Clarke Jones said while terrorism and the ice scourge had dominated police efforts in recent years, it would be “naive” to think Canberra was isolated from the drug trade and organised criminal networks.

“The police can only do what they can do and there’s a correlation between police numbers and the number of detections. If you increase police numbers, you increase the number of detections.

“So therefore I would suggest there would definitely be more [grow houses].”

Read more in Canberra Times.

Source: www.canberratimes.com.au

Nationals MP George Christensen Asks Ice Taskforce To Consider Corporal Punishment

Drug traffickers should be caned under new laws mirroring Singapore’s, according to a Queensland MP. 

Federal Nationals MP George Christensen has written to the head of the Government’s Ice Taskforce, Ken Lay, asking him to consider the punishment for the country’s worst drug offenders.

“I have asked Ken Lay and the Ice Taskforce to conduct research on Singapore’s use of corporal punishment and its correlation to reducing levels of drug offences,” the MP said.

Mr Christensen said he was reiterating the call of many in the community for tougher penalties for drug pushers.


Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Police Minister To Push Forward Gun Trafficking Laws After Melbourne Shooting

The state’s police minister may push changes to gun trafficking laws forward after the shooting of a police officer in Melbourne.

Police Minister Wade Noonan originally planned to table changes to the legislation early next year, but told Fairfax Media he may introduce those amendments sooner.

“We’ll look at opportunities to bring that forward as best we can,” he said.

It comes after two police officers were shot at in Moonee Ponds when they intercepted a car they thought was connected to two attacks on slain gangland figure Carl Williams’ family.

One of the policeman, the driver, narrowly escaped with his life by instinctively turning away, with the shot hitting the back of his head. The 31-year-old first constable from Flemington underwent surgery and was released from hospital on Wednesday.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Drug Trafficker Lands 11 Years In Jail After CCC Investigation

A man caught in a year-long police investigation into a tri-state heroin trafficking network has been sentenced to more than 11 years in jail.

Mark Raymond Jacobs was handed an 11.5-year sentence on charges including drug trafficking, extortion and misconduct in public office earlier this month, the Crime and Corruption Commission announced on Monday.

In a statement, the CCC said Jacobs was a “high-level” target of Operation Lightning, which in 2012 busted a Romanian drug ring believed to have trafficked 30 kilograms of heroin (worth about $30 million) into Queensland over 10 years.

The drug ring was shifting heroin from New South Wales into Queensland and Victoria.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Australian Federal Police Plan To Use Drones To Track Down Drug and People Smugglers

Military drones could be deployed across Queensland and the Northern Territory to fight people smugglers and foreign drug dealers.

The nation’s top cops are urging the Australian Defence Force to launch unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) across northern Australia to help fight sophisticated criminals.

The drones, which can carry heat sensors, cameras and weapons, would be able to capture criminal acts but also free-up Customs and Australian Federal Police boats, which are highly visible. They could be launched from Navy ships.

People smuggling, illegal fishing, gun movement and drug smuggling – especially precursors for ice from Papua New Guinea – are growing problems for Federal Government agencies.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Drug Dealers Sentenced To Two Months For Assaulting North Wales Police Officer

North Wales PC Meurig Jones stopped the two men from Liverpool and found cannabis worth more than £5,000 in their car before they attacked him. The constable needed hospital treatment after one of the men put the officer in a headlock and drove him to the ground.

Defence attorney said both men (who arrived 90 minutes late to the hearing) had admitted their guilt at the earliest opportunity and said the assault on the police officer was an act of “desperation”.

Judge rebuked and jailed the pair for a combined 46 months for drug offences, including two months each for assault police.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police said: “I welcome the sentences handed down to the two individuals and hope that this serves as a reminder to anyone connected with the supply of drugs that you will be caught, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for such crimes.

“The officer in this case was merely doing his job and whilst the nature of policing carries some risk, assaulting a police officer is totally unacceptable.”

Read more in the Daily Post.


Source: www.dailypost.co.uk

Ed: still not enough, not matching community expectations for longer jail sentences for anyone who assaults Police officers.

Queensland Jail Carpark Drug Blitz Uncovers ’Smuggler’ Visitors and Nappy Stashers

Love-struck women are using nappies and babies’ bedding to smuggle dangerous drugs into the state’s high security jails to their addicted partners.

In the most recent case, police are investigating a 21-year-old who allegedly handed an inmate thousands of dollars worth of dangerous drugs that she had hidden under her baby’s blanket before entering Wacol’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on Friday.

The woman was allegedly filmed giving the man a balloon filled with smaller packages of what police believe is Suboxone, a prescription painkiller linked to sudden outbursts of aggression.

Read more in Courier Mail.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au