Perth drug busts: Police seize meth, cash and gold in multiple raids

Western Australia’s new police commissioner has used his first press conference to provide details about an alleged organised-crime drugs sting, which included the seizure of cars and gold bullion.

The force will continue to aggressively target drug traffickers and their criminal networks, Commissioner Col Blanch said on Sunday.

Police search an area of river in Caversham as part of Operation Kingston Destiny.
Camera IconPolice search an area of river in Caversham as part of Operation Kingston Destiny. Credit: Unknown/WA Police

In the latest move, nine people have been arrested in relation to two separate drug operations targeting alleged organised crime networks in Perth.

Police seized 6kg of methylamphetamine and more than $59,000 cash from a vehicle and properties in suburban Perth last Sunday.

Police search bushland in Wellard as part of Operation Kingston Alcatraz.
Camera IconPolice search bushland in Wellard as part of Operation Kingston Alcatraz. Credit: Unknown/WA Police

They also seized 16kg of ‘ox blood’ methylamphetamine, 3kg of gold bullion, 300g of cocaine and more than $320,000 cash from multiple properties across the metropolitan area on Wednesday.

Two brand new vehicles were also seized as part of the raids known as Operation Kingston Alcatraz and Operation Kingston Destiny.

Operation Kingston Alcatraz netted 6kg of methylamphetamine and nearly $60,000 in cash.
Camera IconOperation Kingston Alcatraz netted 6kg of methylamphetamine and nearly $60,000 in cash. Credit: Unknown/WA Police

Eight men and one woman have been charged with serious drug offences and were refused bail.

“While we have seized the drugs and cash from these established criminal networks our job is not yet done and we will continue to pursue the source of these drugs,” Mr Blanch said.

“Our detectives are working closely with their State and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence partners to track down the source of these drugs, with a clear intent of bringing those involved in the drug trafficking syndicates to face justice here in Western Australia.”

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