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  • Police seized $45m of meth in Perth smuggled in timber logs from Africa
  • Four men, including a Nigerian, were arrested and face life in prison
  • It is the same strategy and origin as an August 4 bust in Sydney
  • That one had $115m of meth hidden inside and two men were arrested

Police have seized $45 million worth of methamphetamine smuggled into Perth in timber logs, just weeks after the same strategy was used in Sydney.

The 45 kg haul arrived from Africa in June when x-ray examinations of the shipping container by Australian Border Force detected 106 packages hidden in the logs.37AF826100000578-3763605-image-a-61_1472480087487

WA Police and the Australian Federal Police tracked the shipment to a house in the southern Perth suburb of Baldivis and arrested two men aged 42 and 54.

The 45 kg haul arrived from Africa in June when x-ray examinations of the shipping container by Australian Border Force detected 106 packages hidden in the logs

They were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.

Two more men were later arrested and charged with importing the drugs, including a 33-year-old Perth man and a 29-year-old Nigerian man who was extradited from Victoria.

All four men faced life imprisonment if convicted.

The 42-year-old man will reappear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on August 31 and the rest on November 16.

The bust comes just three weeks after two men were arrested for importing $115 million worth of methamphetamine smuggled into Sydney.

More than 154kg of drugs were hidden in 14 of the 121 logs, which had been cut in half then nailed and glued back together.

Both shipments came from Africa and arrived in sea containers in June.

Two more men were later arrested and charged with importing the drugs, including a 33-year-old Perth man and a 29-year-old Nigerian man who was extradited from Victoria

Commander Matt Rippon, AFP State Manager of WA, said close collaboration between border protection and police across Australia was integral to the success of the Perth operation.

‘Strong relationships with our domestic and international partners are vital to identifying and disrupting importations of this extremely damaging drug,’ he said.

‘We are continuing to work together across jurisdictions and borders to break criminal networks, with our main priority being the safety of the community.’

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3763605/Police-45kg-meth-worth-45-million-hidden-inside-timber-logs-sea-container-Africa.html

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