TWO men charged with trafficking $7 million in amphetamines will appear in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court today.

A police spokesman said two Nomad officers – on patrol for fire bugs – found more than seven kilograms buried in containers on Mount Gawler Rd, Inglewood, after seeing two men acting suspiciously near a vehicle park on the road.

When police approached, the men they fled into nearby bushland, police said.

“It was quickly determined the men were in the process of uncovering a large amount of methamphetamine that had been buried in various containers just off the road,” he said.

Meth haul

$7 million worth of drugs seized by police at Inglewood.

 

“Cordons were established and the Dog Operations Unit and police helicopter brought in to find the men. The men were found and arrested without incident.”

Detectives from the Drug Investigation Branch were called and Forensic Services SA analysed the powder to confirm the substance to be 7.33 kg of methamphetamine.

“In its present form this equates to 73,300 street deals with a value of $7,330,000,” the spokesman said. “However, the purity of the drugs is about 70 per cent, which means when adulterated with `cutting agents’ the true value of the drugs may be up to three times that amount.”

Drugs

$7 million methamphetamine bust at Inglewood.

The men were arrested and charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

Police said they believed the drug was locally produced.

Head of SAPOL’s Drug Investigation Branch, Detective Superintendent Des Bray, said the find was an outstanding result.

Drugs

$7 million methamphetamine bust at Inglewood.

“This discovery shows that while SAPOL has different specialist areas aimed at different elements of the illicit drug market, patrol officers still play a critical role in the detection and intelligence gathering of drug activity in our community,” he said.

“Every day, across the state, uniformed police make considerable seizures of drugs. A seizure of this size will have a substantial impact on the availability of illicit drugs in our community.”