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Police pounce on Australia Post pot smuggling ring

16kg of cannabis, 46 marijuana plants and a range of other illicit substances were seized after police raids were conducted across 3 Australian states.

A year long joint operation between 10 Australian law enforcement agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Patrol, the Australian Taxation Office and police in three states, has led to 12 South Australians being charged with drug offences after the seizure of 16kg of cannabis and $170,000 cash.

Police say a 12 month investigation has demolished an interstate cannabis trafficking syndicate, which saw huge quantities of marijuana allegedly sent in the mail from South Australia to Queensland and New South Wales.

In a series of raids across Australia on Thursday, police searched properties in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Tweed Heads and Adelaide.

SA Police searched 17 properties in Adelaide yesterday as a result of the operation, seizing $176,815 in cash, eight cars, two motorbikes, 16kg of cannabis, 46 plants and a range of other illicit substances.

Prosecutors said a couple overseeing the NSW trafficking of cannabis used post offices at Mansfield Park, Alberton and Rosewater to send four pound (1.8kg) parcels of marijuana and receive a total of $206,400 in return.

It was alleged the couple in control of Queensland operations used the Morphett Vale post office and received $480,000 in profit.

The accused are expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court next week.

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