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Serious Organised Crime Arrests and seizures – South Australia

08 Jun 2021 3:44pm

Yesterday members of the South Australia Police conducted a large number of searches upon residential and business premises across South Australia. The raids were part of a long term investigation into serious organised crime, with the focus being the Comanchero Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (OMCG).

The SAPOL investigation was part of Operation Ironside, which is a partnership operation with the Australian Federal Police.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said this has resulted in the largest volume of arrests for serious and organised crime offences ever seen in this state.

The Serious and Organised Crime Branch led more than 460 SAPOL personnel in searching 80 premises resulting in 37 arrests. The majority of the charges relate to serious criminal matters including conspiracy to murder, large commercial trafficking of controlled drugs and money laundering.

The exhibits seized during yesterday’s raids are an indication of the level of criminal activity and included:

  • Restraining properties conservatively valued at $11.186 million and if convicted will be subject to forfeiture to the State.
  • Seizure of $1.843 million in cash and restrained a further $1.6 million in bank accounts, which will upon convictions be subject to forfeiture.
  • Seizure of 4kg of methamphetamine and 10,000 ecstacy tablets.

“Also seized were 67 vehicles, including two Lamborghinis, a Bentley and dozens of high in luxury vehicles, the Lamborghinis alone are conservatively estimated at $500,000 to $600,000.   It also includes 15 Harley Davidson motorcycles, boats and jet skis. The total value of all vehicles is likely to exceed $3 million.

Further to this, jewellery, a premium wine collection and accessories were seized, watches including a $61,000 and an $85,000 Rolex along with a $100,000 Louis Vuitton accessory collection.

Over the duration of the investigation which commenced in February 2020, 90kg of methamphetamine was seized with an estimated street level value of $45,000,000.

It also included the dismantling of two industrial level clandestine laboratories for the production of methamphetamine – one of which was capable of producing $25,000,000 worth of methamphetamine a week.

“This complex, long standing investigation has struck a blow to the foundations of organised crime in South Australia.  We anticipate that the void in criminal hierarchy and control will be quickly filled as other criminals seek to assume control of lucrative drug and other illegal enterprises.  It is however, just as important to understand that SAPOL and all other enforcement agencies law and partners, are also ready to continue the fight and keep the community safe."

“Can I thank and praise the many law enforcement personnel who have been involved in this extraordinary operation, who have put in many hours of dedicated and committed time to ensure that these investigations have resulted in such an unprecedented and outstanding success.” said Assistant Commissioner Harvey.

Seized motorbikes

Seized car'

It is expected that almost all of the offenders will appear sometime today in courts around the state.

  • A 26-year-old man from Sheidow Park has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court - CO2100016840 and CO210009043.
  • An 18-year-old man from Burnside has been charged with manufacturing a controlled drug and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   CO2000030512 and CO2000016841
  • A 28-year-old man from Smithfield has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   CO2100016835
  • A 31-year-old man from Magill has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016835
  • A 33-year-old man from Rosewater has been charged with manufacturing a controlled drug and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2000030512 and CO2000016841
  • A 49-year-old man from Seaton has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016840 and CO210009043
  • A 47-year-old man from Wayville has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100010537, CO2100010563 and CO2100016839
  • A 39-year-old man from Teringie has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2000032427 and CO2100012035
  • A 45-year-old man from Wattle Park has been charged with manufacturing a controlled drug and firearms offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   CO2000032427 and C02100012035
  • A 35-year-old man from Magill has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016835
  • A 38-year-old man from Eastwood has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100014770, CO2100014794 and CO2100016842
  • A 32-year-old man from Ridleyton has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016830
  • A 34-year-old man from Seaton has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016855
  • A 34-year-old man from Boston has been charged with possession of prescription medication and unlawful possession and will appear in the Port Lincoln Magistrates Court.   No Case File Number
  • A 29-year-old man from Christie Downs has been charged with unlawful possession and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court. CO2100016864
  • A 29-year-old man from Hackham has been charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court. CO2100016861
  • A 19-year-old man from Birkenhead has been charged with firearms offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016861
  • A 38-year-old man from Whyalla Stuart has been charged with drug trafficking and unlawful possession and will appear in the Whyalla Magistrates Court. CO2100016775
  • A 49-year-old man from Salisbury Plain has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016835
  • A 51-year-old man from Collinswood has been charged with two counts of money laundering and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016906
  • A 27-year-old man from Mount Barker has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016863
  • A 30-year-old man from Mount Barker has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016863
  • A 29-year-old man from Craigmore has been charged with money laundering and
    drug trafficking and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court. CO2100016873
  • A 55-year-old man from Semaphore Park has been charged with drug trafficking and money laundering and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016886
  • A 35-year-old man from Two Wells has been charged with firearms offences and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court.  CO2100016874
  • A 44-year-old man from Onkaparinga Hills has been charged with trafficking in large commercial quantity of a controlled drug and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   No Case File Number
  • A 36-year-old man from Uleybury has been charged with money laundering and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   No Case File Number
  • A 27-year-old man from Rosewater has been charged with illegal use and will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016778
  • A 37-year-old woman from Angle Park has been charged with firearms offences and trafficking in a commercial quantity of cannabis and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016889 and CO2100016937
  • A 39-year-old man from Angle Park has been charged with firearms offences and trafficking in a commercial quantity of cannabis and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.  CO2100016889 and CO2100016937
  • A 24-year-old man from Morphett Vale has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court. No case file number
  • A 46-year-old man from Willaston has been charged with manufacturing a controlled drug and drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court. CO2100016900
  • A 24-year-old man from Park Holme has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.  CO2100016894  and CO2100016957
  • A 27-year-old woman from Park Holme has been charged with drug trafficking offences and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.   No Case File Number
  • A 42-year-old man from Aberfoyle Park has been charged with money laundering and cultivating cannabis and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016905
  • A 37-year-old man from Underdale has been charged with money laundering and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016882
  • A 42-year-old man from Hallett Cove has been charged with drug trafficking offences and money laundering and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. CO2100016876 and CO2100016933