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AustraliaEngineer and wife charged with running sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring

13:07  08 june  2019
13:07  08 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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An engineer and his wife have been charged with running a sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring in Melbourne.

Wei Keat Yee, 27, was allegedly busted during a street deal along Blackburn Road last night.

He has since been arrested along with his wife and brother.

Engineer and wife charged with running sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring © 9News Officers arresting one of groups suspected of sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring.

Officers executed search warrants on two homes in Blackburn Road, Burwood East and Pratico Court, Forest Hill as part of Operation Sparkler.

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Engineer and wife charged with running sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring © 9News Police seized a number of items including large amounts of cash. During the search of both properties, police seized approximately 100 grams of cocaine and over $450,000 in cash which was allegedly found under a house.

A Neighbour, Sam Akurudude, told reporters he had returned home to find half a dozen undercover police in his front yard.

“We really got shocked,” he said. “They said, don't worry, you are safe”

Engineer and wife charged with running sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring © 9News Police loading seized items into a car.

A search of the Burwood East property allegedly uncovered more than $150,000 dollars of ecstasy, cannabis and cocaine along with $450,000 in cash, hidden in safe-like suitcases underneath the home.

Engineer and wife charged with running sophisticated cocaine trafficking ring © 9News Another suspected member of the drug syndicate being led out of a house following police raids. During questioning, Mr Yee allegedly told detectives, "I have been dealing for years and years and never been caught... I have a big mark up."

Mr Yee's younger brother has been bailed but refused to answer any questions.

Mr Yee and his wife, Sui Lee - who is denying all charges - did not apply for bail.

Corrupt prison guard who ended up behind bars breaks silence.
A highly-decorated prison officer - snared in an elaborate drug trafficking conspiracy - has spoken for the first time about his four years behind bars and the police operation that ended his career. Len Hardingham had spent 34 years guarding some of WA's most notorious criminals before being drawn into a five-month sting involving Australian Federal Police, WA Police and the Corruption and Crime Commission. After being handed a bag containing $100,000 by an undercover police officer, Hardingham was arrested, pleaded guilty and sentenced to six years jail in 2016. "I think I nearly collapsed," he told WA Today and 9News.

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