NT police help smash international drug ring
An international drug ring worth more than $1 million has been thwarted after four men were charged in the Northern Territory.
Officers from Taskforce Nemesis, a cross border multi-agency police operation, made arrests on Wednesday following a four-month investigation into the supply of illicit drugs in the region.
"The operation identified a sophisticated syndicate that transported MDMA and cocaine from the United Kingdom to Darwin," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said on Friday.
On Sunday, Darwin local Marcus Hansch, 41, and French national Sebastien Ducros, 24, allegedly travelled to Mount Isa in Queensland where they collected a package containing 1.2 kilograms of MDMA pills and 127 grams of cocaine with a street value in excess of $650,000.
Police allege the pair dropped the package at a Darwin storage shed and were arrested shortly after, while Tommy Ransley, a 31-year-old from the UK, was arrested after allegedly collecting items from the package.
Police executed two search warrants at Darwin residences later that day, where 36-year-old Irishman Stephen Donnelly was also apprehended.
"During these warrants, police seized five grams of MDMA along with a number of electronic devices," Det Sgt Stringer said.
The four men were all charged with supplying a commercial quantity of drugs and were remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Local Court on Friday.
Police allege the racket has been involved in multiple importations over the past year that contribute "significantly" to the Darwin drug market.
Three arrests were made in July when police seized 400g of MDMA and 230g of cocaine.
Det Sgt Stringer says his message to drug traffickers is simple.
"Your business is not welcome here, and we will continue to use all resources available to dismantle your trade and bring you to justice," he said.
Taskforce Nemesis is a joint operation between the NT police, the AFP, Australian Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.