SAPOL – Drug trafficking syndicate arrests

Detectives from Serious and Organized Crime Branch arrested three men yesterday believed to be involved in an interstate drug trafficking syndicate.

The investigation was a joint operation between South Australia Police and Queensland Police.

On Sunday 30 October, Detectives stopped a white station wagon on Horrocks Highway at Templers and located approximately 20kgs of cannabis inside the boot of the car.

The driver, a 41-year-old man from Victoria was arrested and charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug. He was refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court later today, Monday 31 October.

As a result of the traffic stop, police searched homes at Henley Beach South, West Beach and Flagstaff Hill where items were seized including approximately $23,000 cash, three vehicles and hydroponic equipment.

A 47-year-old man from Queensland and a 64-year-old man from South Australia were arrested at Henley Beach and have been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

The South Australian man has been further charged with cultivating cannabis and possessing prescribed equipment.

The pair refused police bail and will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Detective Chief Inspector Denise Gray, Officer in Charge, Serious Crime Task Force said, “Illicit drugs cause untold harm to our communities. SAPOL working in partnership with our Queensland Police colleagues has successfully identified and arrested members of an organized crime syndicate.

These people have no care for the harm they cause. These arrests should serve as a warning to those who think they can traffic drugs across interstate borders without detection.”


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