Australia WA Police had eye on drug kingpin for 'some time' after year-long investigation

06:50  28 january  2020
06:50  28 january  2020 Source:   watoday.com.au

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A senior criminal network has been busted after more than a year of investigation by WA police.

Police announced they arrested a 33-year-old senior member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang on Monday, and later alleged he would be pinpointed as a kingpin in a drug operation they had been tracking since last year.

The investigation into the man and the network first began when officers uncovered about 59 kilograms of meth in May 2019.

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The street value was about $59 million, and five men were arrested over the find.

They were later alleged to have been part of a crime syndicate that was intending to distribute massive amounts of drugs in WA, and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson later said the crime syndicate was “Australian-based”.

"We will be alleging (the drugs were) brought across from the eastern states ... we've dented a very organised crime syndicate here," he said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ray Horne said while the latest arrest was significant, there was still work to be done as detectives continued to investigate those further up the chain of command.

“A criminal network involved in the movement of 59kg of meth presents a real and immediate risk to the WA community, and our investigation didn’t stop last year when the first arrests were made – we have continued to gather intelligence and evidence to target those further up the chain of command,” he said.

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The man was charged with conspiring to sell or supply meth and money laundering, and he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said police had been monitoring the 33-year-old Safety Bay man for some time before his arrest.

“He’s certainly someone that police have had an eye on for quite some time and they’ve been looking at his associates and his networks,” she said.

“Police have had a really concerted effort really over the course of the last year or so. The particular operation has really targeted those people that are peddling in drugs and sizeable amounts.

“Police have seized guns, they’ve seized hundreds of thousands of dollars and kilos of meth and other drugs.

“It’s a fantastic result and they’ve moved in on a whole connected network of dealers in the West Australian community.”

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