WA drug and firearm detectives have revealed they discovered a record $3.8 million cash hidden in two large tubs when they stopped a truck on Great Eastern Highway which had crossed the border into WA two days prior.
A truck in the Perth Hills carried two large plastic tubs containing almost $4 million.
The find on September 21 led police to a Perth house, where detectives allegedly discovered 13 packages, each containing about 1 kilogram of methylamphetamine, in a Commodore ute parked outside.
Police are now investigating the broader criminal network they believe was behind the operation, in partnership with law and intelligence agencies across Australia.
Five men, including the alleged driver from New South Wales, are facing charges.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan Adams from State Crime Command said the seizure represented about 130,000 hits of meth that never made it to the streets of Perth, where it would have caused great harm.
“In this instance we have not only seized the drugs, we have seized a record $3.88 million cash. That is cash that would have made its way back to more senior members of a serious and organised crime group and would have been used to purchase greater quantities of illicit drugs and repeat the
community harm cycle,” he said.
The truck was allegedly driven by a 58-year-old man from New South Wales, who has been charged with laundering money from proceeds of a major offence. He has been refused bail and will appear at Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
A Lockridge man, 29, has been charged with possessing a traffickable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply it to another and is due to front court on Wednesday.
Three other men in their 20s have been charged with drug offences.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan Adams said investigations were continuing.
“There is clearly someone who was expecting to receive the cash, and given the amount of drugs seized it is fair to suggest there was a further distribution network ready and waiting to take delivery,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs is urged to report
the information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online atwww.crimestopperswa.com.au. Callers can remain anonymous.