Drugs and cash seized in CGTF and ABF joint investigation

Cash, drugs and stolen property were seized from a Virginia address yesterday following a joint operation between Australian Border Force officers and investigators form the Crime Gangs Task Force.

At about 9.00am on Wednesday 2 August following an investigation, investigators from Crime Gangs Task Force and officers from Australian Border Force attended an address in Virginia to execute a search warrant.

As a result of the search approximately 180g of methamphetamine, 150g of cocaine and $97,355 in cash was located and seized. A 36-year-old Virginia man was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in controlled drugs and money laundering.

A 45-year-old Huntfield Heights man who was also at the address was arrested for breach of bail.

Both men were refused bail and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today (Thursday 3 August).

A black SS model Holden Commodore that is suspected of being stolen was seized for further investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector David Huddy, Officer in Charge of SAPOL’s Crime Gangs Task Force said; “The seizures and arrests in this investigation are the result of ongoing and deliberate interagency partnerships to counter the community threats posed by drug importation and trafficking.”

ABF Inspector Steve Garden said the ABF maintained a constant and open dialogue with SA Police, working side-by-side to actively target people unlawfully importing illicit drugs into Australia.

“Crime gangs relentlessly target the Australian border in their attempts to profit from unleashing untold harm on the community,” Inspector Garden said.

“The work the ABF does alongside our partner agencies is so critical to disrupting these criminals and keeping the community safe.”