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Minister congratulates Federal Police and Customs on disruption of cocaine syndicate



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER CONGRATULATES FEDERAL POLICE AND CUSTOMS ON DISRUPTION OF COCAINE SYNDICATE

4 April 2012

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today congratulated the Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service on disrupting an alleged international cocaine syndicate that attempted to import approximately 200 kilograms of cocaine.

The disruption was the result of a joint operation between Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, United States Drug Enforcement Agency and French Customs and Border Police.

Operation Saba was launched by the Australian Federal Police after receiving intelligence from the US that the drugs were on a vessel headed for Australia.

The cocaine was allegedly destined for Australia from South America and was intercepted in New Caledonia.

Australian Federal Police worked with Customs and Border Protection to locate the vessel in waters northwest of New Caledonia and alerted New Caledonian authorities who then boarded the vessel and seized the drugs.

“This is a great result - stopping 200 kilograms of cocaine from reaching Australia,” Mr Clare said.

“It shows the importance of criminal intelligence and working with our international partners to stop criminals importing drugs into Australia.”

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