Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF), assisted by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) this week detained seven Vietnamese men after conducting a warrant on a property located near Townsville.
The operation on June 27 was part of a broader operation targeting individuals suspected of involvement in the importation and trafficking of dangerous drugs and associated money laundering activities.
The group were all unlawful non-citizens having overstayed their visas.
ABF Superintendent Jo Churchill said the result demonstrated the many positive outcomes of joint-agency cooperation, and reinforced the ABF’s focus on community protection.
“We maintain a very strong relationship with law enforcement, including Queensland Police. This relationship extends to intelligence sharing and joint activity relating to criminal activity, particularly where it demonstrates a threat to our border security,” Superintendent Churchill said.
“Any non-citizen wishing to remain in Australia must hold a valid visa. If you overstay your visa and fail to depart, you may be subject to compliance activity by our officers and be detained and removed from Australia. You may also face an exclusion period of up to three years on your re-entry,” Superintendent Churchill said.
The group will be transferred to Brisbane ahead of their removal from Australia as soon as possible.
If you believe you may have information on someone residing or working in the Australian community illegally, you can report it via an online form at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/report-suspicious-activities-behaviour