Yvonne Stewart, Kevin Filkins and Robert Hamilton have been accused of smuggling 24 kilograms of crystal meth worth almost £16million into Australia
Three Brits have been charged after they allegedly smuggled 24 kilograms of crystal meth worth almost £16million into Australia last year.
A 52-year-old woman from Croydon, a 52-year-old man from Sevenoaks and a 51-year-old man from Orpington were arrested by British officers on Wednesday.
One of the trio, a freight sector worker, is accused of accepting a shipment filled with methamphetamine and failing to properly inspect it before it was marked as security cleared and sent to Australia.
She is also said to have followed the shipment as it made its way through the system.
One of the men reportedly traveled to the Croydon dispatch center on June 26, 2021 and paid for shipping to Australia.
The third is said to have mediated contact between the other two to organize transport.
Upon arrival in Australia in July 2021, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected the shipment for investigation and found 24 plastic bags, each containing a kilo of a crystalline substance. Subsequent tests confirmed that it was methamphetamine.
Australian police identified the British trio after focusing their investigations on an Australia-based crime syndicate allegedly behind multiple drug trafficking operations.
That Trio were arrested by the Organized Crime Partnershipa joint team of National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Officers.
Detective Inspector Guy Carmichael of the Organized Crime Partnership said: “These drugs would have been worth a significant amount in the UK at around £4million, but their value in Australia would have been remarkably higher at £16million, or just under AUD$28million.
“Working closely with partners in Australia, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), means a large quantity of these dangerous drugs are being taken off the streets and an alleged key supply chain is being shut down.
“We will continue to target those supplying illegal drugs, whether within the UK or overseas.”
AFP Detective Acting Inspector Brendon Basford said: “AFP investigators identified a person of interest in the UK who was following a broadcast in a way we thought was suspicious and passed the information we had through AFP’s international liaison network to the National Crime Agency.
“It is incredibly rewarding to know that our partners have taken the initial information we provided and produced a brief narrative of UK crime that is having a tangible impact on the company’s suspected suppliers trying to exploit the Australian community.”
The three Britons were accused of being involved in the export of Class A drugs.
A man was also charged with possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and manufacture of a Class B drug after a number of cannabis plants were found at his address.
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