Jurien bust: Detection dog allegedly uncovers drugs inside swag

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WA Police, Australian Border Force, Fisheries and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions officers during today's operation.
Camera IconWA Police, Australian Border Force, Fisheries and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions officers during today's operation. Credit: WA Police/Twitter

Authorities using drug detection dogs allegedly found methamphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis inside a swag during a roadside stop near Jurien Bay today.

The operation on Indian Ocean Drive – involving eight personnel from WA Police, Australian Border Force, Fisheries and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – targeted the movement of illicit drugs.

Sergeant Drew Taylor of Jurien Bay Police Station said Australian Border Force dogs were deployed after authorities identified a number of vehicles of interest.

A sweep of one vehicle allegedly uncovered a “personal quantity” of drugs inside a swag on the back seat, with the driver - a 27-year-old Yanchep man - also testing positive for methamphetamine.

He has been charged with drug driving, pending the outcome of a laboratory test.

Sgt Taylor said the driver of another vehicle tested positive cannabis but refused to go to the police station for a further test.

The 48-year-old Lower Chittering man has been charged with failing to accompany.

A passenger in the vehicle - a 49-year-old Quinns Rocks woman - has been charged with possession of a prohibited drug (cannabis) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The cars were intercepted at 10.40am and 10.45am.

Sgt Taylor thanked drivers for their patience and local businesses for their assistance in the operation.

He also said it was great to see the enforcement agencies working together.

Anyone with information about the illicit drug trade can report anonymously to Crimestoppers online or by phoning 1800 333 000.

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