Bulgarians charged with Dampier meth importation

Alicia Perera and Gabrielle KnowlesPilbara News

Three Bulgarians, one allegedly a crewman on a bulk carrier, are accused of trying to smuggle 31kg of methamphetamine into WA through the port of Dampier.

The two men and a woman face life in jail if convicted after each was charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

Police swooped at Dampier port in the Pilbara about 6pm on Monday, with one of the arrested men allegedly a crew member of a bulk carrier that was anchored in the harbour.

Authorities have been tight-lipped about the operation and seizure.

Georgi Stanchev, Sava Ivanov Kyuldzhiev and Nadezhda Nikolaeva Bratanova faced Karratha court yesterday but were not required to plead and did not apply for bail.

The accused were all remanded in custody and are expected to face a Perth court by video-link next month.

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