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Man Charged After Attempting To Smuggle Large Drug Cache On the Spirit Of Tasmania

Law enforcement authorities have intercepted one of the largest drug seizures in Tasmania’s history, seizing four kilograms of methylamphetamine and two kilograms of cocaine.

According to the Tasmania police, the estimated street value of the seized cache has surpassed $5 million.

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A 26-year-old Queensland man has been arrested, facing charges of drug trafficking.

He is set to appear before the Devonport Magistrates Court today following his apprehension in Devonport on Friday evening.

The man’s vehicle, aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, was screened by drug detection canines as part of a collaborative operation between Tasmania Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), leading to the discovery of the illicit substances.

Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Rob Blackwood said investigators constantly monitored the state’s ports.

“Tasmania Police and the AFP work really closely with staff at the Spirit of Tasmania, the airport, and mail to make sure we’re monitoring what’s coming into the state,” Mr Blackwood said.

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While it remains uncertain whether the accused was under surveillance or specifically targeted, a comprehensive digital forensic examination will be conducted to ascertain the source and origin of the seized drugs.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Hilda Sirec has also highlighted the persistent challenge of drug demand, both internationally and domestically. 

“We know that offshore syndicates all around the world are looking to target Australia,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the demand for drugs in Australia is high, and criminal groups offshore and here domestically will try and exploit this vulnerability by bringing drugs into our country.

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