Close to 60kg of the drug ice to be distributed in WA as part of an organised crime operation were seized at a South Lake home last Friday.
Five men have been arrested and charged as a result of the 59kg seizure, including a 44-year-old Bennett Springs man and a 28-year-old South Lake man.
Two men from New South Wales, aged 41 and 28, were arrested and charged at a Perth hotel where $66,750 was seized, and a 45-year-old Victorian man at a Rivervale hotel where a further $70,950 was seized.
All five men were charged with conspiracy to supply a trafficable quantity of prohibited drug, possess a trafficable quantity of a prohibited drug and possess stolen or unlawfully obtained property.
They have appeared in court and are due to reappear next week.
The drugs seized represent about $59 million and 590,000 hits.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said it would be alleged the men were part of an organised crime syndicate seeking to traffic the drug into WA from the eastern states.
“As recently as this morning there are further investigations and search warrants being executed in other jurisdictions in other parts of Australia so this is an extensive investigation into an Australian-based organised crime syndicate,” he said.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the massive seizure was proof of the meth taskforce’s efficiency.
“There’s never been a bigger police focus on tackling the drugs coming into the WA community,” she said.
“This 59kg was destined to be distributed in WA. Methamphetamine is a huge driver of crime, no one knows that more than our police officers.”
In a separate operation, police conducted search warrants on May 13 as part of Taskforce Silverdrift at properties in Malaga, Morley, Thornlie, Belmont and Ballajura.
Eight people were arrested and charged and 30 pallets of hydroponic equipment, dozens of boxes of growing chemicals and large quantities of cannabis were seized – including 160 cannabis plants from the Thornlie property and 220 from the Belmont property.