One of the seized golf clubs and an X-ray of another club showing the drugs inside. (Supplied: WA Police)
Almost a kilogram of cocaine being smuggled in a set of golf clubs was among illegal drugs netted by WA police as part of a recent nationwide crackdown.
WA Police have laid more than 700 charges as part of two operations targeting drugs, particularly methylamphetamine.
The nationally co-ordinated Operation Vitreous focused on transport hubs, mailing centres and regional areas over a week.
Meanwhile the statewide Operation Actum involved more than 160 search warrants over two months.
Detective Superintendent Kim Massan said it was a successful outcome.
“We, with the backing of government, have the capability and the capacity to reach into areas to ensure that this scourge is attacked,” Detective Superintendent Massan said.
“People who deal in methamphetamine, know that we are on your tail, we are looking to take you down.”
WA Police made more than 80 arrests.
They seized methylamphetamine cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, ketamine and LSD.
More than $600,000 cash was also confiscated, and 23 firearms.
Detective Superintendent Massan said one of the biggest hauls occurred at Perth Airport on Tuesday night last week, when two Victorian men were arrested with allegedly a kilogram of meth between them “secreted” on their bodies.
“They were met by detectives and a police drug dog [and they ] were very quickly in a position to be able to seize 500 grams of methamphetamine off each person,” he said.
A 39-year-old Frankston man and a 27-year-old Langwarrin man have each been charged with possession and intent to sell or supply.
Detective Superintendent Massan said a man from New South Wales was also caught on the same night allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine hidden in the shafts of a set of golf clubs.
Police on duty noticed him acting strangely while in possession of the clubs.
A 55-year-old Blacktown man has been charged with possession and intent to sell or supply.
Meth supply cut to high addiction regions
As part of the operation, police set up control points on roads in regional WA.
Detective Superintendent Kim Massan said police sought to prevent meth going to the places where there were high rates of addiction.
“Last weekend in Bunbury we conducted vehicle control points where we’ve been able to again disrupt the flow of methamphetamine into regional WA, into some of our more problematic communities,” he said.
Police had detection dogs at mail centres, and where illegal drugs were found, packages were substituted or tracked.
“We would deliver the mail and then watch the person collect it, or we would use that as intelligence to do search warrants in offenders’ homes,” Detective Superintendent Massan said.
Officers said using the mail to send drugs was an emerging trend, and there had been an expanded roll-out of X-ray equipment as a result.