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Max Davies
Max Davies
Max is a journalist for the North Central Review. He joined the paper as a cadet journalist in 2021 and graduated from La Trobe University in 2023. He takes a keen interest in motorsport and the automotive industry.

The Australian Federal Police, AFP, is seeking public assistance after 312 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine ended up at a Tooborac property.

Authorities were monitoring the illicit drug, concealed inside two black drums.

It was first documented in July when United States authorities at Los Angeles International Airport identified the drums labelled as ‘vegetable fluid oil’ bound for Australia.

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Police in Australia and the United States worked in partnership to seize the drugs and monitor the consignment’s delivery to Australia.

After being in storage for two weeks upon arrival in Australia, the AFP monitored the delivery of the consignment to a property near Tooborac on September 5, where it was not picked up.

Investigators then executed several search warrants at locations in Melbourne and Brisbane, however, as the Tooborac property was not occupied, the AFP has no information to suggest whether the consignment would have been moved to another location.

AFP detective Superintendent Kristie Cressy said the seizure demonstrated the strength and importance of law enforcement partnerships, both domestically and internationally, in an effort to stop dangerous drugs reaching the community.

“Our common goal is to keep illicit drugs off our streets and prevent greedy and opportunistic criminals from benefiting from their illegal activities,” she said.

“We are certain there are people in Australia who know something about this importation, or may have seen suspicious activity in the vicinity of Tooborac during the past few weeks.”

“We are urging anyone who may have any knowledge or information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppers.com.au.”

AFP monitored the consignment as it was delivered to a property near Tooborac where it was not picked up. ​
  • Need support and information about illicit drugs?

    For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.

    Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at www.counsellingonline.org.au.

    For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to www.turningpoint.org.au.
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