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.

The Victorian JOCTF consists of members ...

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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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Anticipated Permit Application Assessment Delays – The Department

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment would like to provide an update on turnaround times for permit applications to import animal and microbial derived goods for human consumption, human therapeutic use, human cosmetic use, and ornamental goods.

As of 20 September 2021, the department is experiencing delays of several weeks to the normal permit assessment processing times.

While the department aims to process permit applications within twenty business days, as per the service charter, the process of assessing permit applications ...

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BICON Update – Methyl Bromide Fumigation Certificate Requirements for Khapra Beetle

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has issued Industry Advice 192-2021 advising of minor revisions to the methyl bromide fumigation certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle (khapra measures).

What has changed?

From 30 September 2021, the department will make minor revisions to the methyl bromide treatment certificate criteria in BICON for goods subject to the urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle.

IMPORTANT: There is no change to the ...

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Firearms and Firearm Components Seized

Officers from the WA Police Force’s Licensing Services, Compliance and Inquiry Team and the Australian Border Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Helena Valley. The search warrant was executed as part of an investigation into the importation of items used in the manufacture of firearms, as well as the procurement of large amount of manufacturing tools.

It will be alleged the following items were seized during the search warrant:

  • Five x home-made silencers
  • Nine x steel barrels comprising of various ...
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Pair Jailed Over 18kg Methamphetamine Import

Two Adelaide men have each been sentenced to 12 years jail over a plot to import 18 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth up to $7 million, hidden in 4WD winches from Malaysia.

The South Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) launched an investigation into one of the men in February 2019, after Australian Border Force officers at Perth Airport examined his phone when he returned from a Bali holiday and found images of cash and what appeared to be illicit drugs.

The NAGS – ...

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Man’s Attempt to Import $8 Million Worth of Illicit Cigarettes

The investigation began after ABF officers detected approximately 800 hidden boxes of cigarettes in a sea cargo consignment at Port Botany. The goods had been declared as ‘brake shoe’. A deconstruction of the content of the shipping container revealed almost eight million illicit cigarettes, which had a total Customs duty payable of more than $8 million.

Members of the AFP, NSW Police Force and ABF executed multiple search warrants in the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown, Bass Hill, Cecil Hills and Kemps ...

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Man Arrested For Importing Firearms and Firearms Parts

A 54 year old man has been arrested in Adelaide after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers located undeclared firearm parts concealed within his baggage on return to Australia from the United States of America.

Upon his return to Australia, the South Australian man was subject to a baggage examination by ABF officers at Sydney Airport, following forensic intelligence received from the Australian Federal Police.

During the baggage examination, officers located a number of firearms parts that would enable the assembly of a complete ...

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Perth Man Arrested for Heroin Hidden in Mascara Bottles

A 28-year-old Perth man was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on 7 August 2021, charged with attempting to possess approximately 440 grams of heroin hidden in mascara bottles.

On 3 August 2021, Australian Border Force officers conducted an examination of a consignment from South Africa which tested positive for heroin.

Australian Federal Police investigators were advised of the detection which resulted in officers executing a controlled delivery of the consignment to a residential address in the Perth suburb of Balga.

AFP officers observed ...

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Minimum Documentary and Import Declaration Requirements Policy

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment announced a review of the minimum documentary and import declaration requirements policy. Following internal and external stakeholder engagement, the review has been completed and the updated policy has been published.

The revised policy comes into effect on 2 August 2021. Any goods exported to Australia from this date must follow the revised policy.

The department acknowledges that documentation issued for cargo exported to Australia prior to 2 August 2021 may not meet ...

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