Australia West Australian criminals allegedly caught in Ironside net as drugs, cash, firearms seized
'There will be reprisals': Police warning after global crime ring smashed
More than 4000 officers were involved in the operation, which secretly began three years ago. "Today, the Australian Government, as part of a global operation, has struck a heavy blow against organised crime - not just in this country, but one that will echo around organised crime around the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said."This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history."Operation Ironside led to the arrest of 224 offenders on 526 charges in every mainland Australian state.
Authorities in Western Australia say one of the nation's largest ever crime operations has helped capture some of the state's most dangerous criminals.
which underworld figures were tricked into using to communicate with each other.
The app, known as AN0M, was used by organised crime gangs around the world to plan executions, mass drug importations and money laundering.
Ironside was led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), with officers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US, and police in other states working in collaboration to intercept the crimes.
Senior Canberra bikie picked up in Operation Ironside faces court over drug and weapon supply
A Canberra-based Nomads gang member is charged with supplying weapons and drugs between the ACT and NSW, after being scooped up in the Operation Ironside raids.The Nomads bikie gang member from Kingston in Canberra's south is alleged to have supplied drugs and firearms between NSW and the ACT in May.
In WA, authorities seized 136 encrypted devices, 76 kilograms of drugs, 31 firearms and more than $9.5 million in cash.
In total, 29 alleged WA offenders have been charged with 43 offences.
Australia's most dangerous criminals
AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said the covert operation had been running for the last three years.
"Operation Ironside has arrested and charged who we allege are some of the most dangerous criminals to Australia," he said.
"We allege they are members of outlaw motorcycle gangs, Australian mafia, Asian crime syndicates and serious and organised crime groups.
"We allege they have been trafficking illicit drugs into Australia at an industrial scale.
"Our international partners have estimated at this stage have indicated to us, through the Europol operations task force, that almost 1,000 have been arrested, 240 firearms have been seized, $48 million in cash and 32 tons of illicit drugs have been seized."
App a 'crystal ball' into gangs: NSW cops
Law enforcement possessed a "crystal ball" view into the activities of organised crime figures in the form of a secretly surveilled online app, NSW Police say.More than 30 search warrants have been carried out in NSW over recent days linked to an international law enforcement operation in which the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation commandeered the 'ANoM' platform.
Authorities say those arrested in WA were based throughout Perth's metropolitan area.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson congratulated all agencies involved for uncovering and preventing imminent criminal activity.
"Crime is international. It impacts on everyday Australians and the fact that tons of drugs have been seized [along with] numerous firearms and cash as proceeds of crime means that Australians will be safer," he said.
Capacity to destroy criminal communication
Commissioner Dawson said there were opportunities for further law reform, particularly in relation to encrypted devices.
"These particular devices, which this operation globally, has really uncovered and unmasked the way in which criminal enterprises work, means that they must be reformed," he said.
"That reform means that these devices must be outlawed, law enforcement will continue to do much better, with the capacity to totally disrupt and destroy criminal communication that has been central to the success of this operation."
‘Ghost Gun’ Company Got a $400K Government Bailout—After Feds’ Raid
Last December, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided a Dayton, Nevada, company called Polymer80. The 10-year-old firm sells complete “Buy Build Shoot” kits, which come with all the necessary parts needed to make your own gun—except serial numbers. These so-called almost-guns are also known as “ghost guns” because they’re untraceable. Attractive to criminals for their anonymity, Polymer80 guns have been used in “hundreds of crimes throughout the United States,” according to the ATF warrant, listing, among other infractions, kidnapping, carjacking, domestic violence, robbery, and homicide.
Nationally, police said they uncovered 21 murder plots and seized more than 3,000 kilograms of drugs as well as $45 million in cash and assets.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Chris Craner said he hoped it would send a strong message to those who consider using or distributing illicit substances.
"If you are taking coke, meth ... we're giving you a window of opportunity to get yourself off the drugs. The drugs in our community cause more than just people getting arrested, more than just what you see.
"If you're waiting in hospital, and there's three people ahead of you who are drug affected, if there's a person bashed from domestic violence, there's a motorcycle accident, a fatality, because someone's on the gear and they've had an accident.
"That's the impact."
He said the AFP had a message to criminals targeting Australia.
"We've already outsmarted you. We will continue to outsmart you and will stay one step ahead of you."
No grudge say police, although ABC logo seen at cops' shooting range .
A police video, part of the Operation Ironside announcement, shows an officer firing a gun in the direction of the ABC logo. It raised eyebrows but police denied ill-feeling towards the ABC.South Australian police published a video in which the ABC logo is visible in front of an officer firing a seized machine gun as part of material released relating to Operation Ironside.