The May 3 search of several Perth properties involved State and Federal police, the Australian Crime Commission, Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Corruption and Crime Commission, Australian Taxation Office and others.
‘The search warrants form part of a complex investigation focused on money laundering and other illegal activities,’ WA Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said.
He said 180 foreign nationals were questioned and police were working with the immigration department to identify suspected illegal works.
Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall yesterday said they had charged a 37-year-old WA man with dealing in proceeds of crime worth $1 million or more, and he would appear in Perth Magistrates Court on May 27.
Another four men (aged 40, 37, 36 and 46) face charges of harbouring unlawful citizens and of dealing with proceeds of crime.
Police charged the remaining five (49, 32, 37, 44 and 45) and two men from Victoria (42 and 49) with dealing with proceeds of crime.
The searches were part of Project Tricord and Operation Polo.