POLICE claim to have smashed an expansive drug syndicate after $15 million of methamphetamine was allegedly uncovered during raids of two houses in suburban Perth.
Good to see the cops getting some of this crap thats turning our kids into addicts off the streets
Organised Crime Squad and Perth City detectives seized 5kg of methamphetamine and 12 grams of heroin during search warrants on properties in Spearwood and East Perth on Wednesday.
Assistant Commissioner for specialist crime Nick Anticich said police believed they had halted a big-time drug syndicate and the haul could have been converted into 200,000 hits of the highly addictive drug.
Examinations of the seizure indicated an 84 per cent purity – much greater than street level purity which was usually between 10 and 20 per cent, Mr Anticich said.
“The estimated value ranges significantly but up to $15 million at the street level,” he said.
“People don’t come into these types of quantities of drugs unless they are involved in organised crime.”
“Importantly, it means that there would have been a lot of crimes committed by people who purchased this drug that would have impacted on the community of Western Australia.”
A 39-year-old Spearwood man has been charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possessing a smoking utensil and other drug related charges.
A 30-year-old East Perth man has been charged with attempting to possess a prohibited drug.
Both men appeared in court this week, were released on bail and are next due to appear in court in February next year.
More than $2 million in assets, believed to be the proceeds of crime, has been seized from the two men.
Police today said the raids came after a tip-off from a member of the public who reported minor suspicious activity.
The haul coincides with the national Say Something Day, which today encourages West Australians to dob in drug dealers and suspicious activity in the community.
Mr Anticich the latest bust was a fine example of how community information could contribute to eradicating illicit drugs from WA streets.
“This came as a result of someone who saw something suspicious…It just proves that a little piece of information that comes to police can result in a very significant outcome,” he said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. People can provide information anonymously.