Tasmania Police intercepts 3,000 ecstasy pills sent to Hobart by mail



May 16, 2018 16:22:04

About 3,000 ecstasy pills with a street value of $250,000 have been found in packages sent to Hobart in the mail, Tasmania Police says.

Officers have been targeting mail centres, freight centres and airports under Operation Vitreus Week of Action.

Police said two matters were being investigated for trafficking in a controlled substance.

Detective Inspector Colin Riley said two parcels containing MDMA were found in the mail.

“There were two notable quantities of MDMA or ecstasy tablets,” he said.

“There was also smaller quantities of ice, cannabis, magic mushroom, cocaine and also prescription medication that was being held unlawfully by people.”

More than 750 passenger vehicles travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania were screened for drugs and drink driving.

Police said four people were charged with selling a controlled drug or selling a controlled plant product.

Several people were given drug diversion and caution notices for minor drug offences, while a number of drivers were detected driving with illicit substances in their blood.

Two replica military-style assault rifles were seized, as well as $5,000 in cash.

Detective Inspector Riley said some of the seizures were linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

“As long as there’s a demand for the commodity, criminal organisation elements are going to bring them into the state,” he said.

“The week of action was about targeting criminal behaviour and no specific element or organisation, and as it occurred, some of the seizures did relate to associates of OMCGs that were detected last week.”







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