Speeding motorcycle intercepted at Para Hills West

Source: South Australia Police

A motorcyclist’s bike has been impounded for 28 days after he was caught speeding at Para Hills West this afternoon.

Police were conducting speed detection on Main North Road, Para Hills West at 4.30pm on Friday 18 September and clocked the Yamaha motorcycle travelling at 192 km/h in the 80 km/h zone.

A heavy vehicle entered the roadway ahead of the speeding bike, causing the rider to brake harshly and come to an almost stop.  At this time, police were able to intercept the motorcycle and remove the key from the ignition.

The rider, a 31-year-old Mawson Lakes man, was reported for excessive speed and riding at a speed and manner dangerous to the public.

He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.  The motorcycle was impounded for 28 days.

Arrest – Historical sex offences – Tiwi Islands

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a 66-year-old man on the Tiwi Islands in relation to alleged historical sexual assaults, dating back from 1992 through to 1997.

Detectives from the Sex Crime Unit have spent several days on the Islands investigating the allegations by the two women, who were aged 6 and 16 at the time.

Today, police arrested the man and transported him back to Darwin.  

He was charged with:

  • 2 x have unlawful carnal knowledge
  • 1 x indecent treatment of child under 10 years
  • 4 x sexual intercourse without consent
  • 1 x deprivation of liberty

The man is due to appear in Darwin Local Court on 24 September 2020.

Statement regarding comments on ABF officer workloads

Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Recent claims made by individuals that there are large numbers of Australian Border Force officers operating at our ports and airports who are not busy at the moment are patently false.

Officers from the Australian Border Force work extremely hard every year to protect the community from various threats and to facilitate legitimate trade and travel, however this year has been particularly busy with the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While there has obviously been a reduction in international passenger movements, the number of ABF officers required to process international passengers remains high due to the requirements associated with COVID-19 protocols.

Officers have also been surged to other priority areas. They are working tirelessly to provide various functions including customs, vessel clearance and organisational support for dedicated air freight services so that Australians have access to basic essentials.

The processing of thousands of travel exemption requests has also required a sustained surge of officers from across the organisation.

In 2019-20 we have processed 57.8 million air cargo consignments – up from 53 million in 2018-19.

From 1 February to 30 June this year, ABF officers have processed over 2.4 million incoming sea cargo consignments – an 89 per cent increase on the same period last year.

A number of ABF officers have been redeployed from the international airport to Cargo and Postal Operations to service the massive increase in air cargo which has surged as a result of restrictions on the eastern coast. They have been working around the clock in in these centres to:

prevent the export of essential goods needed in Australia, such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, to prevent the spread the COVID-19

facilitate the import of these essential goods to prevent the spread of COVID-19

search for illegal items being sent through air and sea cargo and the post that continue to harm the Australian community such as narcotics.

In the first six months of 2020, ABF officers made over 9,800 detections of major drugs and precursors at the Australian border, a 19 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Our ABF officers also continue to facilitate the removal of non-citizens from Australia who have been convicted of very serious crimes such as child abuse, kidnapping and drug offences.

French drug courier jailed for WA airport heroin bust

Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

A 55-year-old man was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ jail by the Perth District Court yesterday (Thursday, 17 September) for importing approximately 179 grams of heroin wrapped in five pellets concealed inside his body.

The French national was arrested in Western Australia on 27 February 2020, after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected him for an examination when he arrived in Perth on a flight from Bangkok.

Nothing illegal was found in his luggage but swabs taken of his mobile phone allegedly revealed traces of LSD.

ABF officers then arranged for a non-medical body scan, which returned a positive indication of internal concealment.

The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police and was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he passed five pellets that weighed 270 grams.

The heroin inside weighed approximately 179 grams, which is worth approximately $89,500.

The seizure prevented approximately 1790 ‘street level’ deals reaching the Perth community.  

Forensic analysis by the AFP determined the drugs had a 67 per cent purity, which calculated the total pure weight of the heroin at 119.8 grams.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty on 24 April to one count of importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, contrary to section 307.2 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth). 

His sentence was backdated to the day of his arrest and he will become eligible for parole in October 2022.

The man, who had been living in Thailand, claimed he was coming to Australia for a holiday. He will likely be deported on his release from prison.

Anyone with information about the importation of illicit drugs and precursors should contact BorderWatch at Australia.gov.au/borderwatch. By reporting suspicious activities, you help protect Australia’s border. Information can be provided anonymously.

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.

Further details into the initial arrests and vision from the time can be accessed from the original media release – French national charged over internal heroin importation.

 

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244

Police investigating overnight shooting

Source: South Australia Police

Northern District Detectives are investigating an incident overnight where was man was shot in the leg.

Just before 10pm on Thursday 17 September, a 31-year-old Elizabeth North man presented at the Lyell McEwin Hospital with a suspected gunshot wound to the lower left leg.  The injury is serious but not life threatening.

The injured man was driven to the hospital in a white 2019 Hyundai Kona hatchback with a Victorian Registration 1PY4WQ. This car was later found burnt out at 4.30am on Friday 18 September in a paddock on William Road at Gould Creek.

This is not considered a random assault and it is believed that all parties are known to each other.

Investigations are ongoing with police still establishing further details about the incident, although there are no suggestions that the incident is linked to any OMCG groups.

Police are seeking assistance from the public and ask anyone with any information about the shooting or the movement of the white Hyundai Kona during the proceeding two days to please contact Crimes Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or http://crimestopperssa.com.au information can be provided anonymously.

Charges – Child abuse material – Jabiru

Source: Northern Territory Police

Detectives from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) have arrested a 22-year-old man for possessing child abuse material.

Northern Territory Police and Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Jabiru yesterday. During the search, police located electronic items and online accounts which allegedly contained child abuse material.

The man has been charged with five counts of possess child abuse material.

He will appear in Jabiru Local Court on 22 September 2020.

Northern Territory Police Detective Sergeant Paul Lawson said, “JACET is a taskforce bringing together the NT Police and AFP to combat online child exploitation, as part of a collaborative and coordinated national platform for policing agencies to address the abhorrent activity associated with child exploitation”.  

AFP Detective Sergeant Richard Matejic, Northern Territory JACET said the AFP will continue to work with territory law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and prosecute those who target the most vulnerable in our community.

 “These people may think they can hide their activity from law enforcement, but this arrest shows we will not stop pursuing you.”

Anyone with information relating to people involved in child abuse and exploitation is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre of Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

Three men sentenced for cocaine found inside industrial machinery

Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Three men have been jailed in relation to 55 kilograms of cocaine found inside a plasma cutting machine in June 2019.

Operation Neem was a joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) investigation into a shipment of cocaine from India to Port Botany, NSW last year.

AFP officers conducted a controlled delivery of the shipment in July 2019 with support from ABF, executing search warrants in north-western Sydney. Three men aged 46, 50 and 53 years old were arrested during this activity.

The two men aged 50 and 46 have since pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported and border controlled substance, while the 53-year-old pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an attempt to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported and border controlled substance.  

Yesterday (17 September 2020), the three men were sentenced at the Downing Centre Court.

  • The 46-year-old Rouse Hill man was sentenced to nine years and 10 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of five years and 10 months to finish on 24 May 2025.
  • The 50-year-old Kellyville man was sentenced to eight years and three months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of four years and 11 months to finish on 24 June 2024.
  • The 53-year-old Arcadia man was sentenced to six years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of three years and seven months to finish on 24 February 2023.

 

Further details into the initial arrests and vision from the time can be accessed from the original media release – Three men charged and 55kg of cocaine hidden inside industrial machinery seized

 

Note to media:

Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information.

  • For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.
  • Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at www.counsellingonline.org

Media enquiries

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2244

 

Arrest – Vehicle crash – Alice Springs

Source: Northern Territory Police

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in relation to a vehicle crash that occurred last month.

Around 2:00am on Friday 28 August 2020, the man allegedly drove into another vehicle at speed, causing minor injuries to the other occupant before dumping the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Today, police located and arrested the man at a residence in Braitling. He remains in custody and is expected to be charged later today.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Leith Phillips said NT Police thank the public for their assistance in locating the alleged offender.

Man jailed after discovery of more than 3000 child abuse images, videos

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 48-year-old Melbourne man has been jailed, after pleading guilty to possessing thousands of child abuse images and videos.

The man appeared before the Melbourne County Court via video-link today (18 September 2020), where he was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of six months.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP)-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received intelligence relating to the transmitting of child abuse material online.

The matter was then referred to the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET).

JACET investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s Abbotsford property on 13 November 2019, seizing a number of electronic items and storage devices.

Analysis of the man’s four storage devices later identified a collection of more than 2000 images and over one thousand video files classified as child abuse material.

Investigators determined the man had shared the child exploitation material online on a number of occasions using social media and messaging platforms.

The man was charged with possessing and transmitting child exploitation material offences.

The VIC JACET comprises of investigators from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police (VICPOL).

The ACCCE is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

Note to media:

Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims. Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
  • conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Media enquiries

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

Freeze put on criminal syndicate after ice seized from fridge

Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

A 28-year-old Chipping Norton man has been remanded in custody today after 180 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized from a shipment of fridges in Sydney and allegedly traced back to his address.

The 28-year-old man was charged by Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigators in Sydney yesterday, after the illicit drugs were found in an air freight consignment from Malaysia by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

This week’s seizure came as part of an AFP Southern Command investigation which commenced in Melbourne in late 2019.

It will be alleged the consignment included 180 kilos of methamphetamine hidden inside refrigerators. The drugs inside the shipment have an estimated street value of up to $135 million.

AFP officers in Melbourne traced the importation to an address in the Sydney suburb of Chipping North where investigators executed a search warrant and arrested the man on Wednesday (16 September 2020).

During the warrant an encrypted phone, allegedly fraudulent documents and an estimated $250,000 in cash were also seized.  

A second search warrant was executed in the suburb of Chester Hill, where additional items were seized for evidential analysis.

The 28 year-old was charged with Importation of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

The man will reappear at the Central Local Court again at a later date

AFP Southern Command Commander of Investigations Ray Imbriano said the damage done by methamphetamine to individuals and to the wider community cannot be overstated.

“We know these drugs form physical and physiological dependency, and contribute to domestic violence and violence against paramedics, hospital staff and police,” he said.

“Our work with other agencies to remove dangerous drugs like methamphetamine from Australian streets is protecting the health and well-being of our community.”

“We are working hard to stay one step ahead of organized crime who profit from the harm this drug causes,” he said.  

Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW, Danielle Yannopoulos, said the arrests highlight the effectiveness of Australia’s multi-layered, multi-agency approach to targeting illicit drug imports.

“This significant detection of methamphetamine sends a strong message to international criminal groups who attempt to import harmful drugs into Australia,” Commander Yannopoulos said.

“Criminals should be aware any attempts to bring these substances into the country will be met with the full force of Australian law enforcement agencies, before, at and after the border.”

 

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.