Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Congratulated on the Fifth Largest Heroin Bust in Australian History
Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 1, 2010
Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor has congratulated the Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection on the fifth largest seizure of heroin in Australia.
Customs and Border Protection detected 168 kilograms of heroin inside a consignment of doors from Malaysia eleven days ago. Customs and the AFP launched a joint operation, culminating in the arrest of three people on Saturday night.
“This operation garnered the fifth largest seizure of heroin in Australian history. I congratulate our law enforcement officers on their dedication to disrupting the drug trade,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Taking these drugs off Australian streets deprives the drug trade of $58.8 million in proceeds and prevents the untold damage caused to Australian families by drug use,” he said.
“This major bust comes just weeks after the third largest seizure of cocaine in a joint operation by the agencies, in which 464kg of cocaine was seized in waters off Brisbane.”
“These operations demonstrate that the Gillard Government and its law enforcement agencies are serious about stopping drugs entering Australia. We’re investing in protecting the community.”
“I expect the success of Commonwealth agencies to continue as the Gillard Government’s Organised Crime Strategic Framework is implemented and bears fruit.”
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