WA Police use drone to track e-scooter rider before 1.2 kilogram meth bust in Perth’s north – ABC News

A Perth man has been charged after police say more than a kilogram of meth was found when they were tracking him with a drone.

On January 25, police launched a drone into the air and used the live camera feed to follow the man riding an electric scooter to a home in Darch, in Perth’s north.

Using the drone to track his location, he was recorded leaving the home and was then picked up near a local park by a man driving a white ute, which was stopped by officers on the ground.

Police say they seized 1.2 kg of methylamphetamine, with the 32-year-old man charged with one count of conspired, incited, accessory after fact or attempted to possess a trafficable quantity of methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

A white ute stopped at a roundabout while someone reaches for the door handle
Drone vision shows the man on the scooter getting into the ute. (Supplied: WA Police)

He’s set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on February 1.

Another man has also been charged in relation to the incident. 

Tip led to arrests

WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said a tip off from the community led police to the arrests.

A white ute stopped at a roundabout with a dark vehicle parked next to it.
Drone footage shows the ute being stopped by police. (Supplied: WA Police)

“We got some great information from eagle-eyed community members who’d seen some suspicious activity of an individual travelling in their area, potentially trafficking in drugs, so we sent up our eagle-eyed drone,” he said.

“We want to use it carefully, we want to have a healthy public debate around the use of drones.

“But when a crime is being committed, I think the public expect us to bring it to resolution as quickly as possible and drones is one way we will do that.”

A West Australian Police officer holding a drone controller
Police used a drone to track an e-scooter rider who went to a house before being picked up by a ute.(ABC News: Toby Hussey)