Meth crackdown: WA Police get increased stop-and-search powers on country roads

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Tough laws designed to strangle the flow of meth into WA will be introduced in State Parliament today, including increased stop-and-search powers for police on country roads.

The measures will allow police to declare 5km sections of roads or highways as “suspected drug supply routes”, giving them the power to pull over and check any vehicle travelling along those routes for up to 14 days.

Police will also get powers to conduct random searches at major freight and parcel distribution terminals, which could be locked down for up to 24 hours while inspections are carried out.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the changes, which had been requested by police and mirror laws in other States, would make it significantly harder for drug dealers to smuggle products into WA and distribute them.

Read more in The West Australian.