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M l Jo i n t NEWSRELEASE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR CUSTOMS AND MINISTER FOR JUSTICE CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP MINISTER ASSISTING THE

ATTORNEY GENERAL SENATOR THE HON. CHRIS ELLISON

25 July 1997

COOPERATIVE POLICING RESULTS IN MAJOR DRUG SEIZURE

Cooperative efforts between Federal authorities have again resulted in a successful major drug raid with 24 kilograms of heroin seized in Sydney in last night, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Daryl Williams and Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General Senator Chris

Ellison said today.

Mr Williams said the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Federal Police had cooperated to identify an illegal importation and then carry out a successful raid and seizure.

“Good intelligence work from the Australian Customs Service and good policing work^ from the Australian Federal Police has again resulted in a significant drug raid,” Mr _ Williams said.

“In attacking a global criminal activity it is only through law enforcement agencies working together that significant in-roads can be made into targeting criminals, seizing drugs and effectively policing crime.”

Senator Ellison said that last night’s seizure followed a successful cooperative operation in May where 78 kilograms of heroin was seized.

“The successful raid and subsequent arrest of the two men allegedly involved in the drug’s importation is evidence that the cooperative approach taken by police and customs and the increased strategic focus of law enforcement resources is resulting in successful police operations,” Senator Ellison said.

“Working together enables more resources to be targeted at operational activities which in turn means making our streets safer.

“The success of this operation is a credit to all the officers and agencies involved.”

Media Contacts: Nicholas Harford (Attorney-General’s office) (06) 277 7300 Stephanie Wood (Senator Ellison’s office) 0412 257 563