$28 MILLION DRUGS BUST – Saturday March 23 2013

– A major international crime syndicate has been smashed, with police seizing drugs valued at $28 million and arresting 27 people.
The joint operation between Victoria and Australian Federal Police – codenamed Volante – netted 42 kilograms of the drug ice, property worth $5 million, $4 million in cash, $600,000 in Crown casino chips, a Lamborghini sports car, 99 designer handbags worth $150,000 and a stash of jewellery – a total haul of some $38 million.
Police made the arrests as they raided 37 properties.
This week police charged six key figures of the South-East Asian crime gang: a 49-year-old Tarneit man, a 48-year-old Balwyn man, a 58-year-old Box Hill man, a 46-year-old Macleod woman, a 37-year-old Clayton South man and a 21-year-old Sunshine North man.
Commander David Sharpe, AFP manager of serious and organised crimes, said the operation would have a significant impact . “This investigation was about following the money trail, removing the wealth and cutting off the distribution networks in Australia,” Commander Sharpe said.
“This operation will have a significant impact on the syndicate internationally and shows just how successful joint partnerships are in combating organised crime groups targeting Australia.”
Operation Volante, which began in April, targeted the trafficking of large quantities of drugs into Australia.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said ice had become increasingly available on the streets of Victoria.
“The dismantling of this organised crime syndicate will dramatically affect that availability,” he said.
Police worked with agencies in China, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Hong Kong to target the syndicate.
Commander Sharpe said the gang was living like rock stars. He added: “It’s personally quite satisfying when you see these people, who had been living this kind of lifestyle, in tears when the handcuffs go on and their Lamborghinis are towed away.”
He warned that further arrests were expected.
“This has been a very successful operation and we’ll continue to aggressively target these high-level syndicates – take them out at the top, follow the money trail and target them wherever they are,” he said – Jon Kaila


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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