Joint agency operation https://www.acic.gov.au/ en Newcastle man arrested and 230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/newcastle-man-arrested-and-230kg-methamphetamine-seized-helical-gear-drives <span>Newcastle man arrested and 230kg of methamphetamine seized in helical gear drives</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/7" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kate</span></span> <span>Wed, 2021-05-26 12:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-05-26T12:00:00Z">26 May 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, Australian Border Force and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Editor’s note: <a href="https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/FvZr4UmYUd">Stills of hidden drugs are available via hightail</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://bordertv.au.vbrickrev.com/downloads/videos/a70fa601-b79e-462e-8913-db98670f3580/instances-file/10f8b683-14b8-472a-b7f5-890bd3825a75?revUrl=https%3a%2f%2fbordertv.au.vbrickrev.com%2fdownloads%2fvideos%2fa70fa601-b79e-462e-8913-db98670f3580%2finstances%2f10f8b683-14b8-472a-b7f5-890bd3825a75">Video of the seizure is available to download</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A 37-year-old year Newcastle man is due to face Sydney Central Local Court today, charged with importing 230kg of methamphetamine following a joint police investigation. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Last month (April 2021), the Australian Federal Police, together with the NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, began an investigation in relation to an Australian company importing helical gear drives. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Two shipments containing helical gear drives from the Republic of Korea were examined at the Australian Border Force Containers Examination Facility in Sydney in May. The first shipment was found to contain 140kg of methamphetamine and the second shipment contained 90kg of methamphetamine. In both shipments, the methamphetamine was concealed within the helical gear drives. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A 37-year-old Newcastle man was arrested on Saturday (22 May), charged with importing, a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995</em> (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The 230 kilograms of methamphetamine has an estimated street value of approximately $143,750,000.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The man is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court via video link today (26 May 2021). </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Detective Acting Inspector Luke Wilson said criminals should be aware police are using data analysis to expose companies undertaking illicit activities.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“This operation should send a strong warning to criminals that if you engage in illegal activities, the AFP will catch, arrest and prosecute you,” Detective Acting Inspector Wilson said. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>NSW Police Force Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Watson, said police are actively targeting those involved in drug supply at all levels.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The efforts of investigators have once again successfully disrupted what could had led to the large-scale supply of prohibited drugs across NSW and which have the potential to destroy lives and communities,” Detective Superintendent Watson said.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ABF Maritime and Detained Goods Superintendent Graeme Campbell says this operation highlights the strong results that can be achieved when Australia’s law enforcement agencies work together. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is a clever concealment, with large quantities of dangerous drugs hidden behind a thick layer of steel,” Superintendent Campbell said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“But the combination of information sharing with our partners, and the ABF’s technical capabilities, ensured these harmful drugs did not end up on Australia’s streets.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ACIC Executive Director Intelligence Operations, Matt Rippon noted that the ACIC’s most recent National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Report estimated that $6.96 billion was spent on methamphetamine in Australia during the fourth year of the Program. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The drug is debilitating, it is destroying lives and the fabric of many communities in Australia. Those involved in the illicit drug trade don’t care about the devastation caused through health and social costs, or drug-related crime” Mr Rippon said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This operation is a great result by Australian law enforcement. By continuously and relentlessly targeting key players, and collaborating with partners, we can dismantle these criminal networks and are continuing to focus on combating the supply side of the methamphetamine drug market,” he said.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Note to media:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information. </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at <a href="http://www.counsellingonline.org.au">www.counsellingonline.org.au</a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to </span><a href="http://www.turningpoint.org.au">www.turningpoint.org.au</a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Media enquiries:</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AFP Media:</span></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span> (02) 5126 9297</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Wed, 26 May 2021 02:00:25 +0000 Kate 775 at https://www.acic.gov.au WA man in court over alleged insider trading offences https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wa-man-court-over-alleged-insider-trading-offences <span>WA man in court over alleged insider trading offences</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Fri, 2021-04-09 11:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-04-09T12:00:00Z">09 April 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and Australian Taxation Office </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>A West Australian man accused of insider trading offences is expected to appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court today (9 April 2021). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The offences involve alleged communication of inside information to another person, and trading while in possession of inside information, relating to a Perth-based diamond exploration company. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The 50-year-old man was charged as a result of a joint operation involving the Australian Federal Police, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Authorities will allege the man possessed inside information related to a significant discovery at the company’s African diamond mining tenement in 2012.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It will be alleged that while in possession of that information, he acquired shares for a family member and communicated it to a client (who did not ultimately trade themselves). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The use of this inside information allegedly occurred a day before the company’s shares were put in a trading halt and five days before the discovery was made public. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The public release of the inside information increased the company’s share price, c<span>ausing the value of the shares allegedly acquired by the man to increase by $6000.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>He has been charged with two offences:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>Acquiring shares in a public company while in possession of inside information concerning that company, contrary to sections 1043A(1) and 1311(1) of the <em>Corporations Act 2001</em> (Cth);</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Communicating inside information to a person, when he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that person would be likely to acquire shares, contrary to sections 1043A(2) and 1311(1) of the <em>Corporations Act 2001</em> (Cth). </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 years’ imprisonment and a $495,000 fine.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>AFP Detective Sergeant Andrea Coleman said insider trading is a serious offence because it can undermine the integrity of financial markets.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Media enquiries:</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AFP Media:</span> (02) 5126 9297</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ASIC Media: 1300 208 215 or Gervase Greene 0466 568 152.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Fri, 09 Apr 2021 01:14:54 +0000 Olivia 768 at https://www.acic.gov.au Three Indian nationals arrested in Melbourne over multiple alleged drug importation attempts https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/three-indian-nationals-arrested-melbourne-over-multiple-alleged-drug-importation-attempts <span>Three Indian nationals arrested in Melbourne over multiple alleged drug importation attempts </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/55" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Emma Cooper</span></span> <span>Mon, 2021-02-15 08:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-02-13T12:00:00Z">13 February 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Federal Police; Australian Border Force; Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Three Indian nationals have been arrested and charged by the AFP in Melbourne in relation to multiple alleged attempts to import border controlled substances into Australia. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The AFP-led investigation in partnership with the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) – codenamed Operation Goaltender – began on 4 January 2021 when ABF officers detected 40 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in crane counterweights shipped from Mexico. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><a>Over the course of the next month the origins and links between multiple consignments seized by the ABF were reviewed and found to contain border controlled substances</a>, including eight kilograms of isopropylbenzylamine (a methamphetamine analogue) and quantities of heroin, cocaine and other drugs from various source countries. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The total weight of drugs seized from the multiple shipping consignments is estimated to be in excess of 100 kilograms. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On 11 February 2021, the AFP executed search warrants on a residential property the Melbourne suburb of Keilor Park and on an apartment in a high-rise tower on Melbourne’s Southbank.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>During the course of the search warrants, AFP investigators seized multiple alleged deconstructed drug packages, various packets of methamphetamine weighing over one kilogram in total, approximately $50,000 in cash and numerous mobile phones. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The three men, aged 22, 32 and 38, were arrested and remanded in custody.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>They men faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday (12 February 2021) charged with:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Importation of  commercial quantities of border controlled drugs contrary to section 307.1(1) of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995 </em>(Cth);</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Possessing commercial quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs contrary to section 307.5(1) of the <em>Criminal </em>Code<em> Act 1995</em> (Cth); and</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dealing in proceeds of crime worth $10,000 or more contrary to section 400.6(1) of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995 </em>(Cth).</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span>AFP Commander Investigations Southern Command Todd Hunter said the operation highlighted the AFP’s commitment to protecting the Australian community from the scourge of drug-inflicted harm.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“The first importation attempt began early in the new year of 2021 – proving those who seem to profit from the suffering and addiction of vulnerable Australians don’t take a holiday</span></span>. Rest assured – neither will the AFP,” Commander Hunter said</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We will continue to work tirelessly alongside our partners, as has been demonstrated in this case, to stay one step ahead of organised criminals.  It is more important than ever that we seek out and prosecute those who heap the burden of crime on the public.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>ABF Port Operations East Acting Commander Brendan Slape says the ABF is committed to keeping drugs off Australia’s streets.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Illicit drugs have a devastating effect on individuals and their families and ABF Officers are committed to protecting the community from these harmful substances,” A/g Commander Slape said. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Criminals are constantly looking for new ways to try to smuggle their drugs in, but our highly-trained officers come across tens-of-thousands of packages a week and they know if something isn’t right.”</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Sun, 14 Feb 2021 21:17:34 +0000 Emma Cooper 758 at https://www.acic.gov.au 'Queen’ of heroin smuggling crime syndicate jailed https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/queen-heroin-smuggling-crime-syndicate-jailed <span>&#039;Queen’ of heroin smuggling crime syndicate jailed</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Fri, 2020-11-20 12:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-19T12:00:00Z">19 November 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Victoria Police and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The self-described ‘queen’ of a criminal drug smuggling syndicate who has been convicted for her role in attempting to import high grade heroin into Melbourne was sentenced to prison in the Melbourne County Court today (Thursday 19 November, 2020).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The 49-year-old Richmond woman, who was charged with a string of serious illicit drug offences, including importing and trafficking commercial quantities of heroin, was handed a jail term of 18 years with a non-parole period of 13 years.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She was initially charged in early 2019 as part of a multi-agency law enforcement operation code-named Operation Sunrise. Further information released at the time of the initial arrests is <a href="https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/eight-arrested-part-joint-agency-drug-operation">available here</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The investigation uncovered a large-scale heroin smuggling operation believed to be responsible for the importation of an estimated $6 million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs using international airline cabin crew, operating into Melbourne</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Victoria Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) – comprising Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force (ABF), Victoria Police (VICPOL) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) – launched enquiries into the syndicate in December 2018 as part of a wider investigation into the alleged criminal syndicate. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The JOCTF arrested the 49-year-old woman in Richmond on 8 January 2019, after she acted as the Australian contact for a Malaysian-based supplier. She is considered to have played a high-level role as syndicate leader in Australia. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It was alleged in court her contacts would advise her of upcoming flights into Australia, where she would then facilitate cabin crew members to covertly import what were described as ‘tickets’ of heroin.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Her offending spans the period between 2 October 2018 to 8 January 2019 and relates to her involvement in multiple separate drug-related deals.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She was involved in the importation of eight kilograms of heroin, which had an estimated street value of $6 million. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The woman was convicted on the following charges:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>1 x business of importing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs (heroin), contrary to sections 307.1(1) and 311.4 of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995</em> (Cth); and</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>1 x business of trafficking commercial quantities of border controlled drugs (heroin), contrary to sections 302.2(1) &amp; 311.2 of the <em>Criminal Code Act 1995</em> (Cth).</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>Today’s sentencing follows the conviction last month of a 28-year-old Sunshine North man and a 57-year-old Deer Park woman. They <a href="https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/mother-and-son-meth-suppliers-sentenced-over-role-melbourne-syndicate">were sentenced in Melbourne County Court</a> on 28 October and are currently serving terms of imprisonment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The AFP, working with its partners, are committed to protecting the Australian community from the harm caused by the importation and trafficking in drugs.</span></span></span></p> <h5><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Note to media:</span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></h5> <p><span><span><span><span>Media are encouraged to include help-seeking information in stories about illicit drugs to minimise any negative impact on people in the community. The following services provide people with access to support and information. </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drug treatment services call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Access free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling online at <a href="http://www.counsellingonline.org.au">www.counsellingonline.org.au</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>For information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or support, go to </span><a href="http://www.turningpoint.org.au">www.turningpoint.org.au</a><span>.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:33:35 +0000 Olivia 744 at https://www.acic.gov.au National Operation - Hells Angels OMCG https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/national-operation-hells-angels-omcg <span>National Operation - Hells Angels OMCG</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Olivia</span></span> <span>Thu, 2020-10-15 15:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-10-15T12:00:00Z">15 October 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australia and New Zealand law enforcement and Australian Commonwealth agencies.</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span>A national joint operation to target and disrupt the criminal activities of members and associates of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang has resulted in 24 people being charged with dozens of offences across Australia.</span></p> <p><span> The operation, coordinated by National Task Force Morpheus, involved police and other government agencies and partners from across Australia and New Zealand joining forces yesterday, Wednesday 14 October 2020, to conduct a series of 28 coordinated search warrants and disruption activities targeting the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.</span></p> <p><span> Yesterday’s activity involved the following law enforcement agencies:</span></p> <p><span> - Australian Federal Police</span></p> <p><span>- Australian Border Force</span></p> <p><span>- Western Australia Police Force</span></p> <p><span>- Northern Territory Police</span></p> <p><span>- Queensland Police Service</span></p> <p><span>- South Australia Police</span></p> <p><span>- Victoria Police</span></p> <p><span>- New South Wales Police Force</span></p> <p><span> The results resulted in the seizure of firearms, ammunition, cash and drugs. The drugs included methylamphetamine, cocaine, steroids and 30L of GHB. In addition, one clandestine drug lab and a hydroponic setup were located indicating the cultivation and manufacture of drugs was taking place.</span></p> <p><span> In addition to the arrests and seizures made yesterday, valuable intelligence was gained which will be shared with all law enforcement agencies through the Australian Criminal and Intelligence Commission’s Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre.</span></p> <p><span> Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn, WA Police Force’s representative on National Task Force Morpheus, and spokesperson for yesterday’s national operation, said the coordination of activities across jurisdictions is a critical aspect of investigations and intelligence gathering.</span></p> <p><span> “Outlaw motorcycle gangs use their networks of chapters across the country, and across the world, to facilitate a range of criminal activities including the activities linked to the illicit drug and firearm trades.</span></p> <p><span> “By working together across national and international borders we gather important intelligence to assist with targeted disruption activities and build our intelligence holdings to support current and future investigations.</span></p> <p><span> “The Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in particular has a long history of violence and intimidation, and have strong links to other Serious &amp; Organised Crime Groups, not just in Australia but across the world through their overseas Chapters.</span></p> <p><span> “The members of National Task Force Morpheus are committed to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs and will do everything within their powers to protect the community from the dangers outlaw motorcycle gangs pose.”</span></p> <p><span> Australian Federal Police National Anti-Gangs Squad Detective Acting Superintendent Jason McArthur said Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are violent, well-organised criminal networks that have zero respect for the law and regard themselves as above it.</span></p> <p><span> “They are not families or a ‘brotherhood’. The Hells Angels – like every other bikie gang – is trying to recruit new members and associates only to facilitate its criminal ventures and make money,” he said. </span></p> <p><span>  “Outlaw motorcycle gangs’ operations are not restricted by state or international borders, which is why the AFP established the National Anti-Gangs Squad with state and territory police, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, to work with all of our partners in a coordinated approach to fight gang-related crime.</span></p> <p><span> “As part of National Task Force Morpheus, the AFP-led National Anti-Gangs Squad brings Commonwealth capabilities and international networks to help disrupt these high-risk gangs and protect the Australian community.</span></p> <p><span> “Our message to OMCGs and their supporters is clear – we are working together and we will be relentless. We will outsmart you.”  </span></p> <p><span> National Task Force Morpheus is a joint initiative of Australia and New Zealand law enforcement and Australian Commonwealth agencies targeting the crime associated with Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCG).  </span></p> <p><span> The National Taskforce has been working cooperatively to prevent OMCG from establishing in our communities to reduce harm and ensure community safety and wellbeing in public spaces.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 04:55:45 +0000 Olivia 725 at https://www.acic.gov.au Joint agency investigation uncovers conspiracy to import more than $200 million of illicit drugs from the Americas https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/joint-agency-investigation-uncovers-conspiracy-import-more-200-million-illicit-drugs-americas <span>Joint agency investigation uncovers conspiracy to import more than $200 million of illicit drugs from the Americas</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-11-03T12:00:00Z">03 November 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Police Force</p> <p>Five Australians have been charged following a joint-agency investigation into an international drug importation syndicate.</p> <p>In March 2017, detectives from the NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Rowena to investigate the importation of methylamphetamine and cocaine to Sydney.</p> <p>Investigators have been working closely with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).</p> <p>As a result of their joint inquiries, and with the assistance of the Mexican Federal Police, officers intercepted 101kg of methylamphetamine in Mexico on Thursday 14 September 2017.</p> <p>Police will allege in court the drugs, which have an estimated potential street value of more than $50 million, were destined for Australia.</p> <p>Further investigation revealed an alleged conspiracy to import 500kg of cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $150 million, from Columbia to Sydney, for further distribution across Australia.</p> <p>Following further inquiries, a controlled operation was conducted, and investigators arrested two men – aged 46 and 48 – at a car park on Market Street, Darling Harbour, just before 11am yesterday (Thursday 2 November 2017).</p> <p>The pair was taken to Day Street Police Station and charged with attempt to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drug and supply large commercial of a prohibited drug.</p> <p>Shortly after, strike force investigators arrested a 40-year-old man at a home at Epping.</p> <p>At the same time, a 41-year-old man was arrested by South Australia Police outside a home at Collinswood, South Australia.</p> <p>Both men were charged with two counts conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, with the Epping man also charged with deal proceeds of crime.</p> <p>The NSW men were refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today (Friday 3 November 2017).</p> <p>The SA man was refused bail to appear at Adelaide Magistrates court later today. Strike force investigators will travel to Adelaide to seek the man’s extradition to NSW in coming days.</p> <p>Following the arrests, investigators executed search warrants at a home at Epping and hotel rooms at Darling Harbour and, with the assistance of South Australia Police, executed five search warrants in South Australia, including homes at Collinswood, Mawson Lakes, Seacombe Gardens, and Plympton Park, and a business at Kensington Gardens.</p> <p>Strike Force Rowena investigators seized more than $50,000 cash, designer watches, gold and silver bullion, numerous documents, and mobile telephones.</p> <p>A 36-year-old woman was arrested by South Australia Police after locating methylamphetamine at the Plympton Park home.</p> <p>She was charged with trafficking a controlled drug and granted bail to appear at Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday 13 December 2017.</p> <p>Investigations are continuing in NSW and internationally.</p> <p>NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said the investigation is indicative of the future of how law enforcement targets organised crime.</p> <p>“The Organised Crime Squad has developed strong relationships with law enforcement and intelligence agencies at home and abroad, which allows us to target drugs and other commodities at the source,” Det Supt Cook said.</p> <p>“By working together, we can cut deep into the profits of organised criminal activity, and prevent these poisons from even reaching our borders.”</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission NSW State Manager, Warren Gray, said this interception demonstrates the importance of international law enforcement and intelligence agencies working together to effectively target transnational criminal enterprises.</p> <p>“The trust that is built between nations through joint operational activity is paramount to the successful fight against organised crime, and we are committed to working with our domestic and international partners to connect, discover, understand and respond to the threat and harm caused by these illicit activities,” Mr Gray said.</p> <p>The United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration Sydney Resident Agent-in-Charge, Eric W. Baldus, said, “The seizure of more than 100kg of methamphetamine is a testament to the strong relationships we enjoy with our Australian law-enforcement partners.</p> <p>“This collaborative approach has repeatedly proven to be a catalyst for success when combating today’s sophisticated transnational drug trafficking organizations.”</p> <p>Vision of the police operation is available via Hightail: <a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=xp772RPl9je5BNrQq62ihiGXX5qy_S4qgpfYuAbOBA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fspaces%2ehightail%2ecom%2freceive%2fNsnnMmySfx%2fYmxhYzFhaW5AcG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXU%3d">https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/NsnnMmySfx/YmxhYzFhaW5AcG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXU=</a></p> <p>Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the importation or trafficking of illicit drugs to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: <a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=xp772RPl9je5BNrQq62ihiGXX5qy_S4qgsXc7gebUA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fnsw%2ecrimestoppers%2ecom%2eau%2f">https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/</a></p> <p>Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/methylamphetamine" hreflang="en">Methylamphetamine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/connect" hreflang="en">Connect</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/understand" hreflang="en">Understand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/respond" hreflang="en">Respond</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:19:54 +0000 Stephen 607 at https://www.acic.gov.au Alleged drug smuggling syndicate dismantled after cocaine-filled yacht intercepted in multi-agency investigation https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/alleged-drug-smuggling-syndicate-dismantled-after-cocaine-filled-yacht-intercepted-multi-agency-investigation <span>Alleged drug smuggling syndicate dismantled after cocaine-filled yacht intercepted in multi-agency investigation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2017-11-16T12:00:00Z">16 November 2017</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Border Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force</p> <p>Police have seized 700kg of cocaine and arrested three men as part of a multi-agency investigation into international drug trafficking by sea.</p> <p>In August, investigators from the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) commenced a joint investigation into the importation of cocaine by private vessels.</p> <p>As a result of inquiries, investigators identified a vessel of interest travelling from the South Pacific bound for NSW, which was monitored through Australian waters.</p> <p>The investigation has also been assisted by the Australian Border Force, and the National Gendarmerie, Tahiti; as well as NSWPF Marine Area Command and PolAir, and specialist technical and surveillance officers from each agency.</p> <p>Following extensive investigations, a coordinated joint resolution operation was commenced in the Lake Macquarie area about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 15 November 2017).</p> <p>During the operation, a 68-year-old man was arrested on board the vessel at Toronto, a 47-year-old man was arrested at a hotel at Warners Bay, and a 63-year-old man was arrested at a home at Islington.</p> <p>In addition, multiple search warrants were executed across the Lake Macquarie area with the assistance of Strike Force Raptor, and further warrants were executed by AFP in Western Australia and Thailand.</p> <p>On board the vessel, investigators located a large commercial quantity of cocaine concealed within the hull.</p> <p>Specialist forensic officers are continuing to deconstruct the boat and examine the contents, but it is believed to contain 700kg of cocaine, which has an estimated potential street value of $245 million.</p> <p>Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity.</p> <p>The three men were charged with import a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 16 November 2017), where they were formally bail refused to appear at the same court on Tuesday 30 January 2018.</p> <p>The maximum penalty for import a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs is life imprisonment.</p> <p>Joint investigations are continuing, and further arrests are expected.</p> <p>NSWPF State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon, said the results of recent joint agency investigations are indicative of the seriousness of NSW’s thirst for illicit drugs, particularly cocaine.</p> <p>“As we recently highlighted, the Organised Crime Squad – with the assistance of our law enforcement partners both here and abroad – has seized tonnes of prohibited drugs and precursors destined for the streets of NSW,” Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.</p> <p>“With every seizure we make, a syndicate is taken down, but the demand remains high, and another organised criminal syndicate is willing to flip the coin and risk it all to try and exploit that demand for profit.</p> <p>“NSW Police Force will continue making arrests and seizing drugs - within NSW and offshore – with our partners, including AFP, ACIC, and ABF, but until there’s a reduction in demand, we cannot reduce the harm of organised criminal activity on the community,” Assistant Commissioner Lanyon said.</p> <p>AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, National Manager Organised Crime and Cyber, said the drug-filled vessel had passed through Tahiti before making its way to the East Coast of Australia.</p> <p>“It is no surprise that criminal syndicates undertake sophisticated attempts that go to great lengths – even crossing oceans in relatively small craft – to import narcotics,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.</p> <p>“This is nothing more than an attempt to flood our streets with dangerous narcotics to make a profit, with police, health professionals and the community picking up the bill for all the peripheral damage they will cause.”</p> <p>ABF Acting Assistant Commissioner Strategic Border Command, James Watson, said this seizure is a huge win not only for our law enforcement partners, but for the Australian community.</p> <p>“It is no secret that cocaine is an extremely harmful and addictive drug that can rip apart and destroy Australian families,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Watson said.</p> <p>“No matter how you criminal syndicates attempt to try to circumvent the border – the ABF are there and ready to stop them. We will continue to work with our partners to smash this criminal activity – every seizure no matter how big or small can save lives and put a dent into organised crime.”</p> <p>Police are urging anyone with information in relation to organised criminal activity in their community to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: <a href="https://scanmail.trustwave.com/?c=1460&amp;d=8YGN2oiLEotXeW4QBGCieKLLdUQwhsXwlFaJypiRsA&amp;u=https%3a%2f%2fnsw%2ecrimestoppers%2ecom%2eau%2f">https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/</a> Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.</p> <p><strong>Media enquiries</strong></p> <p>NSW Police Force: (02) 8835 8339</p> <p>AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:17:50 +0000 Stephen 605 at https://www.acic.gov.au Man charged after drugs and cash seized - SCC Organised Crime Squad https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/man-charged-after-drugs-and-cash-seized-scc-organised-crime-squad <span>Man charged after drugs and cash seized - SCC Organised Crime Squad</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 16:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2018-04-14T12:00:00Z">14 April 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Crime Commission, New South Wales Police Force</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Crime Commission, New South Wales Police Force</p> <p>A man will face court today charged with drug supply as part of a joint investigation into the large-scale supply of cocaine.</p> <p>The NSW Police Force’s Organised Crime Squad, the NSW Crime Commission, and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission are conducting a joint investigation into the importation and supply of cocaine under Strike Force Georgeson.</p> <p>Following inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 32-year-old man during a vehicle stop on Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield, about 3.15pm yesterday (Friday 13 April 2018).</p> <p>Shortly after the arrest, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at North Rocks, where they seized $18,400 cash and encrypted mobile phones.</p> <p>The North Rocks man was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with large commercial drug supply, and two counts of deal with proceeds of crime.</p> <p>Police will allege in court the man was involved in the supply of 11kg of cocaine.</p> <p>He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 14 April 2018).</p> <p>Following further inquiries, a second search warrant was executed at a home at Riverstone.</p> <p>Investigators seized $210,000 cash, which was located on the roof, and 3kg of methylamphetamine (ice), 1kg of cocaine, and 500g of heroin, which were located in a vehicle.</p> <p>Joint investigations under Strike Force Georgeson are ongoing.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:06:20 +0000 Stephen 597 at https://www.acic.gov.au Significant Drug Seizure https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/significant-drug-seizure <span>Significant Drug Seizure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Wed, 2020-08-12 15:54</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2018-08-06T12:00:00Z">06 August 2018</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-joint-release-with field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Western Australia Police</div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Western Australia Police</p> <p>Two men have been charged, and 33kg of Methylamphetamine seized, after a joint operation<br /> conducted by the Western Australia Police Force’s Meth Enforcement Taskforce and the<br /> Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.</p> <p>On Saturday afternoon, 4 August 2018, officers from both agencies detained two men who<br /> had travelled to Perth on the Indian Pacific Train. They were arrested as they departed the<br /> East Perth Train Station.</p> <p>It will be alleged a search of their luggage located total of 33kg of Methylamphetamine and<br /> other items of interest.</p> <p> A 25 year old man from New South Wales has been charged with:<br /> - Possessed a trafficable quantity of Methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply<br /> - Give false personal details to police.</p> <p> A 27 year old man from Victoria has been charged with:<br /> - Possessed a trafficable quantity of Methylamphetamine with intent to sell or supply<br /> - Fail to comply with request to give police personal details.</p> <p> Both men were refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday, Sunday<br /> 5 August 2018. They are both next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on<br /> Wednesday 22 August 2018.</p> <p> Detective Superintendent Kim Massam from the Serious and Organised Crime Division said<br /> the seizure of the drugs, which are estimated to be worth $33 million, represents the removal<br /> of about 330,000 hits of the drug from the community.</p> <p> “The Western Australia Police Force and the Australian<br /> Criminal Intelligence Commission continue to target those<br /> drug traffickers who have no regard for the harm they cause in<br /> the community. These drugs destroy lives and destroy<br /> families.”</p> <p> Ends release</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:54:43 +0000 Stephen 588 at https://www.acic.gov.au Cops bust drug syndicate in Werribee South https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/cops-bust-drug-syndicate-werribee-south <span>Cops bust drug syndicate in Werribee South</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 12:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2016-10-26T12:00:00Z">26 October 2016</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Victoria Police</p> <p>Police have busted an alleged drug syndicate after a clandestine laboratory was located in Werribee South and drugs seized with a street value of more than $5 million dollars.</p> <p>It is alleged an active laboratory was located in a house on Duncans Road just before 10.30am on Wednesday 19 October.</p> <p>The joint investigation by detectives of the Clandestine Laboratory Squad and Drug Task Force, assisted by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, seized items including pre-cursor chemicals, glassware and other apparatus.</p> <p>A 53-year old Sunshine man has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of drugs and has been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 17 February.</p> <p>As part of the investigation, detectives executed warrants in Sunshine, Bulleen and Keysborough yesterday where approximately 11kg of what is believed to be ice was seized.</p> <p>A 22-year-old Sunshine man has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of drugs and will also appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 17 February.</p> <p>A 39-year-old Bulleen man was charged with firearm and proceeds of crime offences and bailed to appear at court at a later date.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/joint-agency-operation" hreflang="en">Joint agency operation</a></div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 02:31:12 +0000 Stephen 545 at https://www.acic.gov.au