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WA pair charged over alleged importation of $18m worth of meth

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WA pair charged over alleged importation of $18m worth of meth
Two people have been charged over allegedly importing 18 kilograms of methamphetamine to Western Australia disguised in a plastic container of black wall-coating paste.

A 32-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested on Monday by Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

The arrests are part of an AFP investigation launched on October 6 after ABF officers in Perth intercepted the package, which was sent from the US.

The black paste was tested to detect whether there were drugs present.
The black paste was tested to detect whether there were drugs present. (WA Police)

Authorities cut open the blue plastic tub to access the illicit drugs.

They said an x-ray showed inconsistencies and two drug sniffer dogs also flagged the package.

Testing on the thick black paste returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The drugs were allegedly hidden in the container.
The drugs were allegedly hidden in the container. (WA Police)

AFP officers changed out the intercepted container for one without illicit drugs.

Police said the woman allegedly collected the substituted package from a short-stay apartment in Scarborough where it had been delivered.

She then met with the man before they took the package to a home in Willetton.

The pair were arrested as they tried to drive away from the house.

Two people charged over the alleged importation of 18kgs of methamphetamine to WA in a plastic container of black paste.
Two people have been charged over the alleged importation of 18kg of methamphetamine to WA. (WA Police)

Police searched the home and allegedly found black paste from the container in a pile on the bedroom floor.

AFP Acting Sergeant Mat Glare said investigations continue into the drug importation, with hopes to find others involved.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug, which can directly lead to violence and mental health issues,” Acting Sergeant Glare said.

“The demand for it results in property crime and other offences by addicts trying to fund their next hit.”

If sold, the 18 kilograms of methamphetamine could have been sold at street level for approximately $18 million.

Source: 9News

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