Malaysian man arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 451kg heroin into Melbourne

Malaysian man arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 451kg heroin into Melbourne

2021-10-23 03:59:00 PM

Malaysian man arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 451kg heroin into Melbourne

According to the Australian Border Force, a Malaysian national has been arrested following the joint Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force operation.

Picture: AFPAFP investigators assessed a total of 1290 packages containing heroin within the shipment. The total estimated weight of 451kg, which is about the same weight as a grand piano, made it the largest onshore detection of heroin in Australia.The heroin was removed from the shipment and the consignment delivered to an industrial precinct near Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Thursday, 7 October.

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On 15 October AFP investigators executed a number of search warrants on business and residential premises.Stopping these drugs from reaching our communities has saved lives and reduced drug-associated personal and property crime, loss of productivity, and health care costs.

The AFP works closely with its international partners in the fight against drug trafficking.Picture: AFPAFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Southern Command, Krissy Barrett said the AFP has strong and enduring relationships with its international partners in the fight against drug trafficking.

“We have a strong relationship with the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and in particular the RMP Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department,” she said.“We continue to work together in identifying and disrupting transnational organised crime syndicates that seek to harm both our nations and generate millions of dollars of profits from criminal activity.

“It is important to note that in addition to the arrests made, the primary outcome of this operation is the preservation of an estimated 225 lives” she said.“It is common for drug traffickers to add other substances to heroin to increase the volume and, therefore make bigger profits.

“This involves manufacturing heroin with industrial, toxic chemicals that remain in the end product.“Anything from paracetamol to poisons can be added so you will never know what you are ingesting, or how your body will react. Unfortunately for many users, their bodies shut down and they die.”

ABF Commander Chris Holzeimer said that despite pandemic-related border disruptions, the ABF continued to effectively disrupt attempts by criminal syndicates to bring narcotics into Australia.“The ABF remains alert to all attempts to illegally import dangerous narcotics into the country. Syndicates might vary their concealment efforts, but our officers have the technical expertise to defeat them,” Commander Holzeimer said.

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“The outcome highlights that when we work together with our law enforcement partners, we can achieve our mission of protecting the Australian community. Our simple message is do not smuggle narcotics into Australia: we will detect and disrupt your attempt, and you will face severe legal consequences.”

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