Scooters And One Wheels

Alleged e-scooter drug runner arrested in covert drone operation

WA Police have seized around 1.2 kilograms of meth after tracking an alleged drug runner, traveling the streets on an electric scooter, by drone.

Vision shows the accused 32-year-old traveling on a scooter with a backpack through the Perth northern suburbs of Darch on Wednesday before being picked up by another man driving a white ute.

WA Police tracking an alleged drug runner by drone.Credit:WA Police

WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch told Radio 6PR detectives from the drug squad began tracking the scooter rider by covert drone after receiving a number of reports from the public of a man on an electric scooter acting suspiciously in the area.

“So we’ve got our technology up in the sky, we’ve seen a gentleman on an e-scooter, what we will allege is he is distributing methamphetamine,” he said.

“The drone has tracked him for a little while and seen him be picked up by a Holden Colorado utility and we’ve found 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine with both of those individuals in the vehicle when we did a vehicle intercept shortly after.

“E-scooters, who would have thought … that is a massive amount of drugs and it can really harm the community.”

WA Police intercepting the scooter rider shortly after he was picked up by a ute driver.Credit:WA Police

The 32-year-old Girrawheen man has been charged with one count of conspired, initiated, accessory after the fact or attempted to possess a trafficable quantity of methlyamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on February 1.

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