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$3m for expansion of WA Police meth teams

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

The West Australian government will spend $3.134 million to expand police teams that tackle meth drug trade over the next year, including 34 additional officers and eight more vehicles.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the money would fund police officers and specialist roles - including interpreters, legal officers and intelligence analysts - to combat the supply of ice in WA.

"The officers and vehicles will also help enforce the government's new drug transit route legislation, which targets vehicles travelling through known drug routes, as well as courier and freight facilities, which are unwittingly being used by drug traffickers," she said on Monday.

The teams are part of the meth enforcement action plan, which was launched in August last year.

Ms Harvey said the plan had resulted in more than 700kg of meth being seized, 466 offenders charged and 561 search warrants executed.

Police seized 702.3kg of meth in WA between 2015-16, compared to 46.3kg in 2014-15 before the action plan was created.

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