Western Australia's police chief wants new legislation to enable a permanent police presence on the state's borders, including stronger vehicle search powers.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says he will seek support for the tough new measure from whoever is elected at the March 13 poll.
It comes after Premier Mark McGowan flagged the continuation of some border controls beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both have highlighted a dramatic fall in methamphetamine importation as a result of the hard border restrictions.
Police are currently only able to search vehicles for drugs or other items if they have reasonable suspicion of criminal behaviour or a warrant.
Mr Dawson insists he is not seeking unfettered powers but wants to target known drug trafficking routes, saying police have seized nine trucks, almost $50 million and "a whole stack of meth" over the past six months.
"I'm not saying we want to live in a police state. We want to live in a state where we can actually wipe out drug traffickers," he told Perth radio 6PR on Wednesday.
"It would mean that we would not have to jump through as many legal hoops. It would give my officers the power to stop the vehicles that we want to stop without jumping in front of a whole legal minefield and saying 'we know these people are doing it'."
Travellers crossing the border at Eucla and Kununurra are already subject to vehicle checks to prevent them bringing in fresh fruit and vegetables.
Mr Dawson said he would put forward a legislative package after the election and expected it would be supported by the next parliament.
"I'm not saying we stop absolutely every vehicle," he said.
"But if we can refine the powers similar to what we do to protect the state for biodiversity ... why would we not want to stop meth coming in?"
The premier on Tuesday suggested that the G2G travel pass might continue to be used beyond the pandemic, an idea slammed by Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup as "immense overreach".
Mr McGowan later used another press conference to back down on the idea.
"When we talk about extending the system, it's about extending the checks on the border to prevent the flow of meth and heroin and cocaine into WA from the laboratories in the east," he said.
"The G2G pass, once the pandemic is over, we don't intend to extend its use."
Mr McGowan cast an early vote in his Rockingham electorate on Tuesday ahead of the March 13 election.
More than 144,000 voters have already cast their ballots, with polls predicting a Labor landslide that could reduce the Liberals to a handful of seats.
Australian Associated Press