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Reeling in guillty biosecurity offenders

A male international passenger recently cast themselves into a sea of trouble after trying to bring live fighting fish, snails and shrimp into the country. Biosecurity officers at Sydney International Airport x-rayed the man’s luggage and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers were then consulted as the x-ray revealed live creatures. Head of

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Bovine serum investigation update

The Perth Magistrates Court will soon hear a matter involving Western Australian biotech company, Serana (WA) Pty Ltd. The proceedings relate to a charge of False or Misleading Statement contrary to section 70C(1) of the Quarantine Act 1908. The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources commenced inquiries in early 2013 after receiving

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Illegal labour hire practices targeted in WA

Australian Border Force (ABF) with the support of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Western Australia Police, have conducted a major operation under Taskforce Cadena in Western Australia (WA) targeting labour hire intermediaries and employers suspected of exploiting foreign workers. This multi-agency investigation targeted those involved in the organisation of

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Two men sentenced over testosterone importation

Two men have been sentenced to two years imprisonment over the illegal importation of 40kg of performance enhancing drugs into Darwin International Airport. The 40-year-old and 43-year-old, both from Sydney, pleaded guilty today in the Darwin Supreme Court to Possession of Schedule 2 drugs (commercial quantity) under the Northern Territory Misuse of

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Christmas Island Detention Centre employee arrested

Following a joint investigation between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and the Australian Federal Police, a Serco employee has been arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly misusing their position at the Christmas Island Detention Centre. In a

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Victorian joint agency task force unhinges meth importation plan

Three men have been arrested by the Victorian Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), following an alleged attempt to import 17 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed within a consignment of door hinges. Investigations began in August 2017, after the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) identified a number of Malaysian nationals suspected of

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