Australian law enforcement officers have yet again delivered a devastating blow to Australia's drug market and the criminal syndicates who peddle illicit drugs.
Last week, the Australian Federal Police seized approximately 1.2 tonnes of crystal MDMA (ecstasy) concealed inside aluminium rollers in a storage facility in NSW. This equates to more than 4.1 million tablets of ecstasy destined for our streets, with an estimated value of $145 million.
This is the largest drug haul in Australia so far in 2016 and the fourth-largest ecstasy seizure on record.
The size of this seizure and the amount of harm it would have caused cannot be understated.
The AFP has arrested and charged two Polish nationals who it will be alleged are responsible for the importation of these drugs after conducting a search warrant on a storage facility in Hornsby in NSW on 13 October 2016 as a result of intelligence received.
Investigations are continuing into all aspects of this importation and further arrests are anticipated.
Today, again through the excellent and collaborative work of our law enforcement agencies, more than one tonne of dangerous and harmful substances have been prevented from destroying our communities.
The sad reality is our nation's users continue to fund organised crime – which is why we cannot arrest our way out of this problem alone and have to tackle demand if our police are going to have greater impact on supply.
That is why last year the Government invested $300 million over four years to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention and community engagement as part of our response to the report of the National Ice Taskforce.
The biggest blow to the organised criminals who peddle this drug will always be to prevent people from taking it.
The Australian Government has made significant investments in our law enforcement agencies to do just that and we will continue to do so.
I want to thank our law enforcement agencies again for their work and dedication. This is a hammer blow for 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 removing millions of hits of ecstasy from our streets, our world-leading law enforcement agencies will be relentless in bringing those that seek to harm our community before the courts.