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Massive drug bust in Padbury

12.2kg of Methamphetamine has been seized and three men have been arrested after a raid on a Padbury home earlier in the week.

The seizure comes simultaneously with the arrests of two South Australian truck drivers in their 50’s were made at an Albany Highway motel in Beckenham, where $100,000 of money allegedly sourced from the sale of drugs was found.

Three of the people at the residence, a 30-year-old man from Trigg, a 30-year-old man from Inglewood and a 42-year-old man from Padbury have been charged with ‘Possessed a Trafficable Quantity of Methylamphetamine with Intent to Sell or Supply’. 

They were both refused bail and appeared in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 May 2020, and are next due to appear in the same court on Monday 22  June 2020.

Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn, implied that such a large haul indicated a possible organised criminal network.

“Based on the amount of methylamphetamine seized, and the manner in which the drugs and cash were transported and exchanged, it is evident that there was a significant amount of planning involved in the movement of these drugs.

“12.2kg of methylamphetamine represents more than 120,000 hits of the lethal drug – that is more than 120,000 hits of harm being removed from our streets. These drugs would have done untold damage to individuals, to families, to our community. These drugs would have been distributed in our community – with countless vulnerable members of our community being on the receiving end, vulnerable people who are preyed on by criminal networks who want to profit from the misery they create.

“Our investigation doesn’t stop with these arrests. We will continue to work with our interstate and Commonwealth intelligence and law enforcement partners to investigate who else was involved in this criminal network – regardless of where they are based.”

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