320kg of Cocaine Seized and Two Arrested in Western Australia

Wednesday 11/05/22

A NSW man and a German national with suspected links to organised crime have been charged by the AFP for allegedly importing 320kg of cocaine into Western Australia.

A multi-agency investigation led to the arrest of the men, aged 37 and 49, in Port Hedland in the Pilbara on Sunday morning.

The older man was arrested in a campervan where investigators allegedly found the illicit drugs, which were in 320 individual blocks, each weighing about one kilogram. Those blocks ...

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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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Container Lines Suspends Shipments to Russia

Tuesday 01/03/22

Ocean Network Express

Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Monday suspended bookings to and from Russia in response to Western sanctions on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s assault on its neighbour, which Moscow says is a “special operation”, is the biggest state-to-state invasion in Europe since World War Two.

“Booking acceptance to and from St Petersburg, Russia is suspended with immediate effect until further notice whilst we evaluate the operational feasibility,” Singapore-headquartered ONE said in a ...

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Brisbane Man Charged with Importing 83kg of Methamphetamine Hidden Inside Timber Pallets

A 32-year-old Brisbane man is scheduled to face Brisbane Magistrates Court after the Queensland Joint Organised Task Force (QJOCTF) charged him with importing 83kg of methamphetamine allegedly hidden inside hollowed-out timber pallets.

The QJOCTF – which comprises the AFP, Australian Border Force (ABF), Queensland Police (QPS) and Department of Home Affairs (DHA) – arrested the man in December following a five-month investigation named Operation Wirraway.

The operation began in August 2021 after ABF officers at the Port of Brisbane examined a container ...

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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.

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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