Chinese Teenager Charged in WA Over Alleged International Methamphetamine Importation Plot

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Article: In a collaborative effort with Hong Kong authorities, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) have charged a 17-year-old Chinese national for his alleged role in attempting to import approximately 8 kilograms of methamphetamine into Western Australia.

The teenager, currently in custody, is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on July 3, 2024.

The investigation began when ABF officers intercepted a consignment from Hong Kong containing about 6 kilograms of cocaine in early June, 2024.

This seizure prompted further collaboration between AFP, ABF, and the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (HKCE).

On June 17, 2024, HKCE intercepted the 8 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed inside a consignment of stone statue pedestals destined for WA.

AFP investigators executed a search warrant at an East Perth apartment, allegedly discovering approximately 1 kilogram of a white substance, later identified as methamphetamine, in the fridge.

They also seized evidence related to the attempted methamphetamine importation and items suspected to be used for drug distribution.

AFP Detective Sergeant Tom Blakeley stated that this case emphasizes the importance of international law enforcement cooperation in combating transnational illicit drug trafficking networks.

The maximum penalty for each offense is life imprisonment.

Throughout the investigation, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department also seized an additional 4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 500 grams of liquid methamphetamine, charging a 27-year-old Chinese citizen residing in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with trafficking in a dangerous drug.