Police raid: 19 charged

The May 3 search of 38 Perth properties involved State and Federal police, the Australian Crime Commission, Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, together with other government agencies.

‘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 suspect illegal works.

Yesterday police confirmed they had charged a 37-year-old WA man with dealing in proceeds of crime worth $1 million or more.

He is due 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.

Another seven people have been arrested, bringing the total number charged to 19, with 38 charges laid.

The searches were attached to Project Tricord and Operation Polo aimed at identifying, targeting and dismantling organised crime syndicates in WA.