Joint media release - The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism.
Australian law enforcement officers have yet again delivered a devastating blow to Australia’s drug market and the criminal syndicates that peddle illicit drugs.
The extraordinary work of the Australian Border Force and the Australian Federal Police has resulted in the seizure of approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine in New South Wales and more than 600 kilograms of cocaine in Tahiti destined for Australian streets and communities.
This amount of cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $360 million.
Additionally, 15 men allegedly involved in this criminal syndicate responsible for the attempted importations have been charged with serious drug importation offences.
These drugs would otherwise have caused untold harm in our communities and on our streets.
Organised crime knows no boundaries and is clearly a transnational threat shared by countries in our region.
As a government, the Coalition is committed to targeting the supply, demand, and harm caused to our communities by the scourge of illicit drugs.
The Coalition Government has made significant investments in our law enforcement agencies to do just that and we will continue to do so.
We want to thank our law enforcement agencies again for their work and dedication.
In the last two years alone, our agencies have detected and intercepted 12.5 tonnes of narcotics that have been attempted to be imported into Australia.
Today’s seizure is a hammer blow against organised crime and a clear message that we will not tolerate those who try to exploit our borders for their own gain.
The number one priority for the Government always will be the safety of the Australian community.
Whether it is foiling terrorist activity, or stopping tonnes of illicit drugs from reaching our streets, our world-leading law enforcement agencies will be relentless in bringing those that seek to harm our community before the courts.