Police have seized $650,000 in cash and a kilogram of cocaine following the arrest of three men in Mandurah on Tuesday.
The men aged 46, 23, and 26 were arrested after the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with assistance from Western Australia Police, executed search warrants in Silver Sands and Meadow Springs following an investigation into the alleged Australian arm of an international drug trafficking syndicate.
The investigation began when members of an international drug syndicate were identified allegedly attempting to source 10 kilograms of cocaine to import into Australia.
Police will allege the men are part of the drug syndicate, after seizing the cocaine with an estimated street value of $375,000 and a number of mobile phones during the search warrants.
AFP Detective Superintendent Timothy Underhill said police will allege the attempted importation was organised by an international criminal syndicate operating in Australia.
“We are currently assessing evidence collected throughout the investigation and this may lead to further operational activity and arrests,” Supt Underhill said.
“The seizure of such a large quantity of cash has significantly impacted their ability to finance future criminal activity.
“The strength of police to impact organised crime in Western Australia is evidenced in the successful collaboration between the AFP and WA Police and should serve as a considerable deterrent to criminal syndicates.”
The three men were due to face court on Wednesday, February 20.