Port Neill man arrested for importing drugs via the dark net

A PORT Neill man, 31, has been arrested after an Australian Border Force (ABF) and South Australia Police investigation linked him to the importation and distribution of numerous border controlled drugs via the dark net.

The man was arrested after ABF and SAPOL officers searched several properties in Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula.

The officers seized 910 doses of an amphetamine type substance, 380 LSD doses and 72 capsules and 15 grams of MDMA.

A number of other powders and liquids, which the ABF will allege were to be used in the manufacture of illicit drugs, were also seized.

The man has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of border controlled drugs.

SA police will charge the man with 14 counts of trafficking in a controlled drug. 

ABF Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Commander Craig Palmer said the arrest showed Australia’s law enforcement authorities were working together to target illicit drug importation from dark net websites.

“We are well aware of these websites and take any attempts to import illegal border controlled drugs very seriously,” acting Commander Palmer said.

“Working with our partner agencies, we will continue to target those people who think they can illegally purchase and import illicit goods online.”

Eyre and Western Superintendent Andrew Thiele said people should not think they were immune from police detection if they participated in criminal activities such as drug trafficking and lived in a remote location.

He said police would continue to target people who lived in regional areas and caused harm to the community through drug dealing.   

The man could face a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment and, or, a fine of up to $900,000.

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