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Molesworth man on drug import charges

POLICE have charged a 40-year-old man from Molesworth with trafficking in a controlled substance after being detected allegedly attempting to import 28 grams of methamphetamine (ice) into Tasmania. Sergeant Greg Rogers said the Derwent Valley man had been detected after disembarking a domestic flight from Melbourne to Hobart on Saturday night.

“Members of Taskforce Saturate searched the man at the airport and they will allege they located 28g of methylamphetamine (ice) concealed on him and also within toys packed in his luggage,” Sgt Rogers said. “Police will further allege the man was also wanted for three outstanding fail-to-appear warrants.”

Police allege a Molesworth man attempted to import drugs packed with toys.

Sgt Rogers said the man had appeared in an out-of-hours court session on Sunday, when he was remanded in custody to appear again at a later date. “The drugs seized by police are highly addictive and have the potential to cause significant harm to the community. The methylamphetamine seized could have resulted in 280 individual street deals,” he said.

“Tasmania Police will continue to target offenders who attempt to import illicit substances into Tasmania by conducting both targeted and random screening of persons entering the state by sea and airports,” he said. “Tasmania Police encourage everybody to be active in sharing what they know about the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs in Tasmania.”

Anyone with information can report it to police on 131 444, or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at crimestopperstas.com.au and can be anonymous.

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