Cops seize a staggering $13MILLION during truck stop in one of the largest busts of its kind in Australian history as part of gang crime operation
- A truck carrying $13.1 million in cash was seized by a police gang crime squad
- Another truck carrying $2.9 million in cash was seized by police on the same day
- Police say the trucks were travelling interstate as part of drug trafficking scheme
More than $13 million has been discovered in the back of a truck in one of the biggest police cash seizures in Australian history.
Another truck carrying $2.9 million in cash was stopped in Meckering, 130km east of Perth, on the same day.
WA Police believe the truckloads of money were headed for NSW as part of drug trafficking operations by criminal organisations.
Specialist Response Group officers stand behind $19 million in cash and in front of two recently captured trucks at a police press conference on Monday. One of the trucks was carrying $13.1 million in cash cargo when it was stopped by WA Police’s gang crime squad in Coolgardie, 558km east of Perth, on November 5
The state’s police force has now seized a total of $32 million in cash from five different operations in the last six weeks.
Twelve people have been charged in relation to the cash seizures and are connected to outlaw motorcycle gangs, according to WA Police.
Multiple bags of cash and the two recently captured trucks were displayed at a police press conference on Monday – guarded by an intimidating row of Specialist Response Group officers.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the money was likely the profits from meth sales and would have likely been used to produce more of the drug.
Some of the bags of cash seized by WA Police. Another truck carrying $2.9 million in cash was stopped in Meckering, 130km east of Perth, also on November 5
Police Minister Michelle Roberts (left), Police Commissioner Mr Dawson (centre) and Attorney-General John Quigley (right) examine some of the cash bags at Monday’s press conference
‘I want to congratulate the West Australian police officers, some of them who are standing behind me with the $19 million on the table, the trucks. We also have seized firearms and jewellery,’ Mr Dawson said.
‘The money on the table here would have bought and recycled millions and millions of doses, predominantly of methamphetamine.
‘While the persons who we are charging presently face 20 years imprisonment, we have an even greater opportunity to interrupt, disrupt and totally dismantle organised crime.’
Mr Dawson said he ‘looks forward to even tougher legislation as the attorney and the minister have already outlined’.
‘We will be relentless against organised crime in Western Australia,’ he said.
‘I do have a message for organised criminals – we are going to come for you and we’re going to come even harder.’
Ms Roberts, Mr Dawson and Mr Quigley examine the cash. Mr Dawson said the money was likely the profits from meth sales and would have likely been used to produce more of the drug