A joint investigation is underway between Tasmania Police and Australian Border Force (ABF) after a 15-kilogram cocaine seizure at Bell Bay near Georgetown.
ABF officers received intelligence resulting in the inspection of a shipping container which arrived from Sydney.
A search was conducted in partnership with Tasmania Police detectives from Northern Drug Investigation Services and the Drug Dog Handler Unit.
During the search, detectives removed 15 individually wrapped packages that contained a white powdered substance. The packages were later tested, and the presumptive analysis was cocaine, with each package weighing 1kg.
Investigations into the origins and movements of the shipping container are continuing with the ABF and Australian Federal Police assisting Tasmania.
Detective Inspector Craig Fox said:
“This seizure of a significant amount of cocaine should send a strong message to criminals involved in importing drugs into our state.
“Tasmania Police is committed to preventing the importation and distribution of illicit substances in our state. We work closely with our partners to ensure our air, sea and mail corridors are not exploited by those wanting to profit from drug distribution.”