Priscilla Palombi charged with alleged import of methylamphetamine worth $ 4 million | Canberra Times

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A Bonner woman has been detained because of the alleged import of methylamphetamine worth more than $ 4 million, which according to police would have corresponded to as many as 45,000 street deals. Priscilla Palombi, 39, stood briefly before the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday, accused of trying to possess a commercial quantity of imported methylamphetamine on November 17. Defense attorney James Maher said Palombi did not apply for bail and that Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker therefore remanded her in custody. Authorities say the Australian border force intercepted a package containing about 4.5kg of methylamphetamine on 3 November. The case was referred to ACT Policing and the substances were replaced with an inert substance. Police then tracked the delivery of the package to a Bonner home, which they claim was its intended destination last Wednesday. Officers from the ACT Police Drugs and Organized Crime Team subsequently raided the site and arrested Palombi. Detective Inspector Mark Steel, the officer in charge of ACT Police’s investigation into organized crime, said police would continue to work with the Border Force to target the import of illegal drugs. “This operation has stopped up to 45,000 street deals from entering the ACT community, with an estimated street value of over $ 4 million,” said Detective Inspector Steel. “Methylamphetamine is an insidious, highly addictive drug that harms families, causes harm to society, and is linked to violent crime.” Leo Lahey, the Australian border force’s head of national port operations, said the agency’s officers would continue to act “no matter how criminals try to hide and move their drugs”. MORE JUSTICE AND CRIME NEWS: “Our message to criminals is clear,” he said. “If you try to distribute these destructive substances, we will find you and you will meet the full force of the law.” Ms Palombi’s trial has been set aside for the submission of a plea in law on 14 December. ACT Policing said its investigation was ongoing. Police also urged anyone with information on the import, distribution, manufacture or supply of drugs in the ACT to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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