07 Apr 2021 4:45pm
Yesterday South Australia Police seized 50kg of methylamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $25million.
Police acted on information received and stopped the semi-trailer in Port Wakefield. The semi-trailer was seized and returned to Adelaide. With assistance provided by Australian Border Force a consignment of animal feed contained on the semi-trailer was examined and led to the finding of the methylamphetamine.
The acting Officer in Charge of the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, Detective Chief Inspector Darren Fielke said the truck was mostly carrying bagged horse feed, but a number of buckets which were also part of the consignment contained the controlled drug which was secreted within the horse food.
“This is a very significant seizure of methylamphetamine. In terms of the quantity and value, it is one of the largest seizures in recent times,” Detective Chief Inspector Fielke said.
“Methylamphetamine causes major social problems in our community, so to see this amount of illicit drugs taken off our streets is a very positive result.”
Further to the investigation, three properties were searched in the northern suburbs, where police located a commercial trafficable quantity of cannabis, cash counting machines, computers, electronic scales and packaging items.
The truck was transported to the Australian Border Force Cargo Examination Facility where its load was x-rayed. Anomalies were identified in one of the 16 pallets, and an ABF drug detector dog subsequently gave a positive response to that pallet. A number of buckets were identified, each containing a crystalline substance that returned a presumptive positive result for meth.
Two men were arrested for trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug, one is due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrate Court today.
“This seizure sends a strong message to those involved in the manufacture, production and trafficking of controlled substances. If people choose to engage in this type of criminal behaviour they need to understand the risks they are taking. The biggest risk being you will go to gaol and police will do everything to put you there to reduce the harm to our communities that these drugs cause.”