– An Asian organised crime boss arrested in a major police state and federal operation is suspected of engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering with Melbourne’s most prominent Calabrian crime figures.
Police swooped on the Melbourne-based international crime syndicate on Friday morning, arresting 27 people and seizing drugs with a street value of almost $30 million.
The syndicate head is believed to have forged ties with a diverse range of Melbourne-based crime groups, including figures with links to the city’s wholesale fruit and vegetable markets and others tied to the Chinese Triads.
The ease with which the syndicate head – who has been a police target for five years – dealt with different ethnic groups exposes the evolution of organised crime in Australia.
The swoop was part of a 12-month operation targeting the South- East Asian syndicate, which allegedly imported and trafficked large quantities of drugs into Australia.
Federal and Victorian Police seized 42 kilograms of heroin and methamphetamines, and more than $10 million is assets including $4 million in cash, residential properties worth $5 million, $600,000 in Crown Casino chips, jewellery worth $10,000, 99 designer handbags and wallets and a Lamborghini.
Commander David Sharpe of the Australian Federal Police said the 27 people arrested wee key players in the syndicate, and the items seized displayed extravagance and arrogance.
Law enforcement agencies in China, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Hong Kong helped in the operation, Mr Sharpe said.
He said the drugs were manufactured in those countries, with Australia being the end point in the illicit trade.
The transportation of drugs between states was quite sophisticated, even using dummy fuel tanks installed in cars.
Police raided 37 Melbourne properties this week, targeting homes, warehouses, accountant offices and security boxes. Six people were arrested: a 49-year-old Tarneit man, a Balwyn man, 48, a Box Hill man, a 46-year-old Macleod woman, a 37-year-old Clayton South man and a Sunshine North man, 21. Charges include dealing in the proceeds of crime and importing and trafficking drugs.
Mr Sharpe said the would be more arrests.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Stephen Fontana said there had been a dramatic rise in availability of methamphetamines, commonly known as ice, in Melbourne and crushing the syndicate would dent the trade.
He said Australia was vulnerable to international drug syndicates.
Mr Sharpe could not say how long the group had been operating in Australia, but said there were pre-plastic Australian banknotes in the haul – Nick Mckenzie & Jared Lynch


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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