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Ironside: 57 accused, 150+ new charges and a $17.5m guilty plea
An Operation Ironside defendant has admitted his role in a $17.5m drug trafficking syndicate, during a mass hearing of South Australians caught up in the crime sting.
Eddie Kadan pleads guilty to $17.5m Yamba drug trafficking as 47 Operation Ironside defendants face court

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Another in Sydney:
'A Lamborghini-driving alleged bikie associate who was arrested during the country’s biggest crackdown on organised crime has been released on bail after his family agreed to post an eye-watering, multimillion-dollar surety.
Ashley Rake, 35, was charged with a raft of offences, including serious drug charges, when officers raided his Vaucluse unit in June.'


'...... his barrister Avni Djemal attacked the strength of the crown case, saying that text message conversations on an encrypted device do not prove that Mr Rake was involved in drug supply.'

The prosecution has alleged that the ANOM device was used at Mr Rake’s unit and at a Kiama residence where he stayed on holiday.
However, Mr Djemal argued that the encrypted device found at Mr Rake’s home was not his and the other device he was alleged to have used was never found.
 

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Ironside: 57 accused, 150+ new charges and a $17.5m guilty plea

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On p28 of yesterday's Daily Telegraph.

Makes me wonder how many crims might try (and likely fail) to get permission to leave the country under falsified threats to their lives.

Must be much more going on with Zahed than has been made public, for Border force to have provided him the exemption to leave Australia in September this year. (see article far below)

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'In September, police sources expressed frustration at Border Force allowing Mr Zahed to travel after legal avenues to keep him in NSW were exhausted.'
 

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Another ANOM related Sydney Bikie is bailed (Ashley Rake), from the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Looks like bail is more likely to be agreed to if the case against is only a circumstantial one.
Probably on the basis that cases like these usually have a higher rate of not resulting in a conviction.

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Another ANOM related Sydney Bikie is bailed (Ashley Rake), from the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Looks like bail is more likely to be agreed to if the case against is only a circumstantial one.
Probably on the basis that cases like these usually have a higher rate of not resulting in a conviction.

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The unexplained wealth will be an issue for the ATO & Austrac.

Money laundering charges are in play in the SA investigation too. Whether the suppression order(s ?) action is directly related to these charges is unclear.

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This incident didnt get a mention at the time & the bail hearing reveals the use of ANOM runs to discussions after the offence was rumbled:


Chambour, 36, who was arrested in June as part of Operation Ironside, is charged with trafficking in a commercial quantity, in excess of 60kg, of methylamphetamine.
The case relates to the AN0M app, which was secretly being run and monitored by law enforcement.
In applying for bail in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Chambour's barrister Phillip Boulten SC said his client was said to have possessed the relevant devices at the relevant times.
But he said it was "challengeable" whether the device was used by the same person at all times.

Trent Glover, for the Crown, pointed to evidence showing Chambour was the user of the device, including in May when "George" was communicating with his named partner.
"The applicant had advanced plans to abscond from Australia," he said.
But Mr Boulten said the messages could be regarded as his client agonising as to whether he should go to Queensland in an endeavour to get away or whether to report on bail, with him deciding on the latter.
But Mr Glover said this was to "buy time" for a plan to leave via Indonesia for Dubai at a price of $US500,000.
 

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In today's Sunday Times (The Sunday edition of the West Australian newspaper), there's a really interesting article (online and p40) how WA Police hired former US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent, Paul Larsen back in 2019 to come to WA to help co-ordinate the WA's war on drugs.

I raise this article in this thread as Larson is quoted as saying how much the DEA methods to prosecute those higher up the ladder relies a lot on informants and witnesses as opposed to mainly surveillance (like the covert surveillance in the ANOM sting).

'Mr Larsen advocates an old-school strategy for taking on global drug syndicates. For him, it’s about going back to building relationships.
He said Mr Blanch wanted the State to adopt a more global approach in its war on drugs in order to “prosecute people up the ladder”.
“Australia, collectively, needs to understand that the world has shrunk,” Mr Larsen said. “So, it’s a collective reset of thinking (that is needed) — a different way of building a case. Informants, witnesses (for example) instead of mainly surveillance. “He likes the way the DEA works their cases — how they build cases, always looking up the ladder, as opposed to ... just concentrating on who they catch at that moment.”'
 

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For the technically oriented & me:

'Joseph Cox, a journalist for Vice magazine, shared a video on his Twitter account on Thursday that allows take a look inside Anom, an encrypted messaging company whose ‘app’ was used by members of hundreds of organized crime groups around the world, while actively helping the FBI and the Australian Police to track down some of their clients.

Among other images, you can see multiple mobiles connected by cables to two computers, while a company employee installs custom Anom ‘software’ on them, and then mails the devices to their users, informs the middle.'

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Round 2!

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“You will see AFP or our state law enforcement partners executing search warrants across Australia in the coming months,’’ Assistant Commissioner Nigel Ryan said. “It is just a matter of time before we scoop up those who believed they had gotten away with their crimes – like the alleged criminals who smashed or burned their ANOM devices.”

When the platform was shut down in June, about 19 million messages relating to Australia had been captured.

Companies and professionals either knowingly of unwittingly facilitating serious organised crime are among those expected to be targeted next.

New intelligence ..... the AFP saying it discovered crime gangs were using dive teams to attach and retrieve drugs from cargo ships.
Criminals purchased equipment including underwater propulsion devices to help them descend and ascend quickly. Waste management services were being used to pick up drugs hidden in bins in ports.
Criminals were also sharing legal advice over ANOM about which lawyers they were using and what legal advice they were provided.

 

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Good update by Aunty:

Key points:
  • Almost 1,000 suspects have been arrested and tonnes of drugs seized in a worldwide crackdown
  • Police are still analysing millions of messages from the ANOM encrypted app
  • Investigations are now turning to the industry insiders recruited by organised crime
 

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