AFP Crackdowns on Mexican Drug Cartel Members

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By Athena Yenko | July 29, 2014 10:44 AM EST

The joint operation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) lead to the arrest of two Mexican nationals believed to be part of a Mexican drug cartel operatin in Australia.

The two Mexican nationals, 49-year-old man and a 32-year-old, were arrested in Neutral Bay area on Friday by joint forces of the AFP and the ACC.

The men were found in possession of approximately 30 kilograms of a substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine believed to have a street value of up to $30 million and approximately two million dollars in Australian currency suspected to be proceeds of crime and two firearms, AFP and ACC said in a statement.

The Mexican nationals were charged the crimes of possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs reasonably suspected of having been imported, contrary to section 307.8 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 and dealing in money reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime, contrary to section 400.9 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

If proven guilty, they will serve life imprisonment.

"This is a drug that is ruining lives, wrecking careers and pulling apart families. The ACC and AFP are serious about removing these drugs from our streets, and we will continue to work together to stop organised crime groups from harming the Australian population," ACC National Manager Investigations Richard Grant said.

"This joint-agency operation is testament to our combined determination to stopping criminals from profiting from the importation of drugs into Australia," AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime Commander Scott Lee added.

Meanwhile, on July 24, a joint operation between the AFP and the Customs and Border Protection Service lead to the arrest of a 41-year-old New South Wales man who was found in possession of a bag of "candies".

However, x-ray examination revealed that the candies contain heroin.

The man was charged with the importation of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely heroin, contrary to Section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995.

"This concealment was carefully thought out and planned, but certainly no match for our highly skilled and dedicated officers on the front line," ACBPS Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald said.

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