AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE SEIZES DRUGS WORTH $80 MILLION

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140 kilograms of methamphetamine worth an estimated $80 million was seized by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) in a joint operation in Sydney, Australia.

Four arrests were made in connection with drugs.

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The four were charged with importing commercial quantity of a border-controlled substance.

According to the section for the alleged offence in Australia's criminal code, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
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AFP commander Chris Sheehan, state manager NSW, iterated the commitment of the law enforcement agencies and border protection agencies in combating international drug smugglers;

"The size of this seizure is an indication that organised crime groups are still seeking to target Australian users and the high price those users are willing to pay for these drugs," Commander Sheehan said.
"Our work is focused on detecting, disrupting and dismantling organised criminal networks, and bringing to account these groups that seek to bring harm our community. The success of this operation is a testament to the tenacity of the investigators who have worked on this operation for the past three months."

ABF NSW Regional Commander, Tim Fitzgerald the success of the operation codenamed operation Fuchsia highlights the dedication of the ABF officers who initially inspected and uncovered the consignments in two shipping containers.

"Once again, we see how a successful border intercept by ABF can initiate a broader criminal investigation by law enforcement. By working together, we are able to effectively crack down on those who attempt to criminally import what was, in this case, a significant amount of harmful narcotics," Regional Commander Fitzgerald said.



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