TEN people have been charged as police smashed an alleged criminal network in Perth, seizing drugs, guns, explosives and ammunition.
A 41-year-old Crawley man, who police say is the head of a crime syndicate, was arrested following a police investigation into his ‘unexplained wealth’.
Proceeds of Crime detectives assisted with the investigation, freezing millions of dollars’ worth of assets, including two homes and a Mercedes Benz.
WA Police said those assets would remain frozen, pending the outcome of the criminal charges, including possession of a trafficable quantity of meth with intent to supply.
He was refused bail when he appeared in court on Christmas Eve and was due to appear in Perth Magistrates’ Court today.
Police raided homes in Greenwood, Mount Lawley, Brabham, Landsdale and Rivervale as part of the investigation, and stopped cars in Crawley, East Cannington and Malaga,
Detective Senior Sergeant Ray HORNE from the Organised Crime Squad said despite attempts by members of the Established Criminal Network to use technology to conceal their operations and protect their identities, police were able to identify each person and their role in the network.
“The criminal network was attempting to distribute illicit drugs across the Perth metropolitan area, with each person having an important role in respect to the movement and storage of the drugs and the associated cash.
“Through this operation we have not only disrupted their business model – we have dismantled the network and put them all before the courts.
“Given the amount of methamphetamine seized, and the amount of cash located across the various properties, we are confident this was a sophisticated and well-established criminal network that would have continued to create harm in our community through their drug dealing activities had they not been arrested and charged.
“While we will continue to target all people involved in the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs in our community, regardless of the role they play, our focus is on identifying those senior members of the criminal networks and we will relentlessly pursue them and their assets – they are not welcome in Western Australia, and their drugs are not welcome here.”