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Australia Three luxury cars, $1 million seized in WA organised crime probe as trio faces court

06:15  20 november  2020
06:15  20 november  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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a car parked in a parking lot: A Bentley was one of three luxury cars — valued at more than $100,000 each — seized by police in Perth. (Supplied: AFP) © Provided by ABC NEWS A Bentley was one of three luxury cars — valued at more than $100,000 each — seized by police in Perth. (Supplied: AFP)

More than $1 million in cash and three luxury cars have been seized during a raid in Perth as part of a federal investigation into an alleged drug-trafficking racket.

Three people have been arrested.

Last Tuesday, officers from the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force searched homes in Mount Pleasant, South Perth, Waterford and Shelley.

They seized bundles of cash — some in vacuum-sealed bags — cannabis, steroids, electronic items and financial documents, along with a Bentley and two Mercedes Benz cars worth more than $100,000 each.

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A 37-year-old Mount Pleasant man, a 29-year-old Waterford woman and a 32-year-old South Perth man have been charged with possessing money and property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The two men have also been charged with failing to comply with an order to help police access electronic data.

AFP Western Command Acting Superintendent Renee Colley said authorities were hitting criminal groups' finances.

"We suspect the significant cash and assets seized through this investigation were not lawfully earned and are the proceeds of criminal activities," she said.

"If you have ill-gotten wealth or assets, the AFP and our partners will outsmart you, we will take your wealth and we will make you explain yourself in court."

Police are now forensically examining the seized items and continuing to investigate the group's activities.

Further charges may be laid, according to police.

The South Perth man appeared in court last week, while the other two faced Perth Magistrates Court this morning.

Dylan Mancuso and Melissa Jane Tincey were released on bail and are due back in court in January.

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