Three Arrested Over 45kg of Cocaine Hidden in Jukebox From Greece

Monday 27/06/22

Three men were arrested last week as part of a Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) investigation into the importation of cocaine into Melbourne. The arrests followed the importation of approximately 45kg of cocaine hidden in a jukebox from Greece, which was detected by Australian Border Force officers.

A 39-year-old Spotswood man, 26-year-old Reservoir man and a 66-year-old Greek foreign national were all arrested by police on Tuesday.

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Freight Forwarder Receives Large Fine for Smuggling 7000 Litres of Korean Alcohol

Wednesday 22/06/22

A man already serving a term of imprisonment for importing illicit tobacco into Australia has been fined $20,000 this week in the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a separate alcohol smuggling offence under the Customs Act.

The Korean national was charged with one count of smuggling dutiable goods, after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers examined a sea container arriving at Fremantle Port concealing more than 7,000 litres, or 999 boxes of soju, a popular alcoholic drink in Korea.

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Tariffs on Russian and Belarusian Goods

Thursday 7/04/22

Following the Prime Ministers announcement of an additional 35% duty to apply to goods from Russia and Belarus Australia to impose tariff increases on all imports from Russia | Prime Minister of Australia (pm.gov.au), the Australian Border Force published on the Federal Register of Legislation, a “Notice of intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations” Notice of Intention to Propose Customs Tariff Alterations (No. 3) 2022 (legislation.gov.au)
 
Details of how the ...

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Freight Forwarder and Two Other Men Charged Over Plots to Import 100kg of Methamphetamine

Tuesday 5/04/22

A 39-year-old freight forwarder has been charged over his alleged role in a plan to import 100 kilograms of methamphetamine from Canada.

He is the third Sydney man charged following a joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force investigation into a transnational drug trafficking syndicate. The investigation has also resulted in the seizure of 1 tonne of Methylamine – a chemical compound used to manufacture methamphetamine and MDMA.

Taskforce Vanguard, which comprises AFP and ABF members, launched Operation Dagger in October ...

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WA Resident Charged Over Cocaine Mail Import

Thursday 10/03/22

A 24-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrate’s Court charged over the importation of cocaine embedded in clothing.

Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force launched an investigation after ABF officers examined a package from South America last month and allegedly found a white powdery substance in the fibres of ponchos and bikinis.

Testing of the powder returned a positive presumptive test for cocaine.

Further examination of the items by AFP forensics officers established there was approximately two kilograms ...

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Two Men Sentenced After Smuggling Live Lizards From Australia to the United States

Thursday 10/03/2022

Two men have been sentenced for wilfully smuggling native lizards from Australia to the United States (US).

The two men aged 39 and 31, pled guilty to the charge in Miami, Florida after investigations by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement. Both were sentenced last month.

The 39 year-old was sentenced to three years of supervised release, 300 days of home detention and will pay a $40,000 fine, while ...

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Police Seize 69kg of Illegal Drugs Concealed in Tea

More than $55 million worth of drugs have been seized, after 56 kilograms of methamphetamine and 13 kilograms of heroin were identified in a consignment of green tea and magnets from Thailand.

The Australian Federal Police has launched an investigation this week, after Australian Border Force (ABF) uncovered the illegal import.

ABF officers in Melbourne x-rayed a consignment containing 27 boxes of magnets and tea products sent via air cargo from Thailand on 19 February. The x-rays indicated anomalies and further examination ...

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Trio Charged and 99kg of Meth Stopped from Reaching WA Over Festive Period

The three WA men were arrested by Australian Federal Police officers on 30 December 2021 after a joint agency investigation launched when Australian Border Force officers found the drugs hidden in a 550-kilogram shipment of latex bed pillows.

ABF officers in Fremantle examined the consignment after it arrived on a container ship.  After examining the goods within the container they found anomalies within the latex pillows, which they carefully deconstructed.  Officers located a crystal-like substance which was subsequently referred to the ...

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140kg of Methamphetamine Concealed in Catering Equipment Seized

Three men have been charged by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) for an alleged attempt to import 140 kilograms of methamphetamine into Australia concealed in catering equipment.

The men faced Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday (17 November 2021) and were remanded in custody, accused of facilitating the importation of the drugs from Canada into Melbourne.

The drugs have an estimated value of more than $88 million if sold as individual street deals.

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Three Men Charged with Cocaine Inside PlayStation

Three men will appear in Southport Magistrates Court for allegedly importing 1.5 kg of cocaine inside a PlayStation 5, which was bound for the Gold Coast.

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $346,500, more than six times the median Australian annual wage.

The men were charged after a suspicious consignment sent from Portugal to Sydney was identified.

On examination of the package by officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) a white powder, which tested as cocaine, was found concealed within a ...

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