Record raid puts crime network on ice

Posted: 6th May 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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FEDERAL police have shattered the Australian arm of an international crime network, seizing nearly a quarter of a ton of the drug ice.

In raids carried out by the Australian Federal Police in Sydney and Perth, 239 kilograms of methamphetamine – or ice – worth $50 million was seized in the biggest ice bust the nation has seen.

It was the latest in a huge run for the AFP, which has seized more than 1.8 tonnes of drugs in less than 12 months as Australia has become an increasing target for transnational gangs.

Two Australians, a 38-year-old from east Sydney and a 21-year-old from Bomaderry on the NSW south coast, have been arrested, with a Dutchman, 43, and a Belgian, 41. They have been charged with trafficking and possession.

The AFP’s serious and organised crime national manager, Kevin Zuccato, said the arrests in March of the Belgian and Dutchman, who were highly placed, had dealt a ”significant and savage blow” to the ”sophisticated” international syndicate.

”In Australia, we’ve cut [the network] off at the knees,” Assistant Commissioner Zuccato said.

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