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Meth-trafficking accused acquitted

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A Perth couple accused of being responsible for the sustained trafficking of methamphetamine into Albany two years ago have walked free from court after being acquitted.

Paul Douglas Kingston and Kathleen Anne Foley were arrested as part of Operation Prince Royal in 2015, which targeted the distribution of methamphetamine into Albany.

The operation led to 13 arrests and the removal of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of up to $150,000.

Last Wednesday, Kingston was acquitted of one charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply while Foley’s four charges, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply and three counts of supplying meth-amphetamine were discontinued at the Perth District Court trial.

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In September 2015, a total of 110g of high-grade methamphetamine was found inside an appliance at a Rivervale home, which detectives alleged was set to be brought to Albany.

At the time, detectives alleged Mr Kingston was the head of the network.

The operation lasted from July to September last year and resulted in a total of 135g of high-grade methamphetamine and 65g of MDMA being seized. Close to $2 million in assets were also frozen.

The Albany detectives’ operation, which also involved the organised crime squad, gang crime squad, traffic officers, Williams police and the proceeds of crime squad, was recognised with an award of outstanding performance from WA Police last year.

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