Joint media release - The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton and the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today congratulated the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Federal Police’s actions preventing 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from hitting Australian streets.
The arrest of the 66-year-old Hong Kong National in Sydney for the importation of the illicit drugs with a street value of $100 million reflects the unprecedented efforts of our law enforcement and border protection agencies.
Mr Dutton said that this is yet another example of the excellent work that Customs and Border Protection officers do to protect our borders on a daily basis.
“The operation began when Customs and Border Protection officers inspected a sea freight shipment sent to Australia from Hong Kong declared to contain ‘chemicals’,” Mr Dutton said.
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to cracking down on those seeking to profit from the misery of illicit drugs.”
Mr Keenan said that the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) Illicit Drugs Data Report 2013-14 released this morning revealed more drugs have been seized than ever before and more people arrested for illicit drugs offences.
“These results – and the removal of another 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from our streets – highlights the continued vigilance and success of our law enforcement and border protection agencies in combating the illicit drug trade,” Mr Keenan said.
“Just one of these kilos has the potential to create about 10,000 street hits of ice.”
The ACC reports crystal methamphetamine – or ice as it is more commonly known – poses the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types.
“In recent years we’ve seen the creep of ice use stretch across the nation, with individuals from all levels of society succumbing to its depravity – destroying families, wreaking havoc in regional and rural communities and placing significant pressure on our frontline services,” Mr Keenan said.
Australia has become a target for organised criminals from all around the world because Australians are paying top dollar for illicit substances.
The Coalition Government’s priority is to keep Australians safe, and this arrest should act as a warning to anyone involved in importing or using illicit drugs. You are bringing misery and death to our communities and you will face the full force of our laws.
The investigation into this importation continues.