The Western Australia Police Force has undertaken a three day meth targeted operation on the Great Northern Highway in Durak, near Kununurra utilising a Meth Enforcement van.
Officers from the Organised Crime Squad, East Kimberley Detectives, Kimberley and Perth Dog Units and the East Kimberley Traffic Section participated in the operation.
The Meth Enforcement van is purpose built and has forensic testing facilities, drug detection devices and specialist communications equipment. The Meth Enforcement van equipment allows searches with a far greater degree of certainty and accuracy and enables operations to be established in isolated bush locations which drug smugglers may use to by-pass major towns. It allows police officers to work in remote isolated areas with safety and some comforts.
Nightscan lighting towers fitted to the van enables police to carry out operations anytime, day or night.
Kununurra is the main arterial road gateway to Western Australia from the north and is also a crucial road network in preventing the waterways to its north from being used by marine drug importers.
The Meth Enforcement van and its use should be a warning to those people intent on dealing illicit substances, that the ability to stop and search for highly sophisticated concealments in remote and isolated parts of the state is real.
Waste water analysis results shows that Regional WA and the Kimberley is not immune from the scourge of meth and with the receipt of this equipment, WA Police Force are intent on reducing its availability to the community.