FIVE PEOPLE SMUGGLERS ARRESTED BY AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

Friday August 30 2013

– Australia’s largest people smuggling strike force yesterday arrested and charged five kingpin smugglers in a major police operation.
Federal police officers swooped on three Aghfanis, aged 33, 34 and 40, a Pakistani, 36, and an Iranian, 21, and charged them with people smuggling and providing false information.
Four of the five arrived on asylum seeker boats in the past year, with three of the men living in immigration detention centres.
The immigration department and the AFP declined to say where the fourth boat arrival was living and whether he had slipped through checks posing as an asylum seeker.
All five men appeared in courts across the country yesterday after search warrants were executed in Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and NSW.
They allegedly belonged to syndicates that were responsible for planning and recruiting passengers for 132 asylum-seeker boats that had reached Australia.
The AFP operation involved more than 100 investigators.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Steve Lancaster said three search warrants wee carried out in detention facilities, but said the men were not operating from the centres. He warned more arrests would follow.
“These people were major players in the syndicates. Those who have not been picked up in the first scoop today, that does not mean you should sleep well tonight,” he said.
An immigration department spokeswoman said those charged who were currently in detention would not be released into the community.
“Unauthorised maritime arrivals who have been given the privilege of living in the community on bridging visas while their cases are being assessed, do so on the condition that they do not engage in criminal behaviour,” she said.
The arrests take the number of people arrested on people smuggling charges since 2009 to 26.
– Patrick Lion

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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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