Malaysian National Charged in Alleged Drug Importation Scheme, Linked to 12kg Heroin Seizure

Australia, Police

Article: A Malaysian national is set to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court today, charged over heroin importation and alleged possession of methamphetamine and Nitazene analogue.

The Malaysian man, 28, was arrested following a search warrant executed at his Doncaster East house in Victoria.

The joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) began in November 2023 after ABF officers detected five heroin importations from Thailand into Sydney totaling 12.

The investigations led to the identification of the Malaysian national as linked to the drug trafficking syndicate, allegedly involved in facilitating drug importations into Australia.

The AFP and ABF worked closely together, which resulted in the arrest of the man and the seizure of approximately 3kg of heroin, 600 grams of methamphetamine, and about 4kg of a Nitazene analogue.

Additionally, numerous SIM cards and mobile phones, believed to be linked to criminal activity, were seized.

Acting AFP Detective Inspector Aaron Burgess stressed the seriousness of the drug trade, stating, “the negative impact that illicit drugs have on the Australian community cannot be underestimated.

ABF Acting Superintendent Ben Michalke added that the ABF was dedicated to stopping the flow of harmful drugs at the border, acknowledging the role of ABF officers in detecting and preventing their entry into the country.

The man faces charges with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment.

The case highlights the ongoing efforts by Australian authorities to combat the importation and distribution of illicit drugs in Australia, demonstrating their commitment to protecting communities from the negative impact of the drug trade.