Two men have been arrested and charged with money laundering during a police operation that saw police seize $1.1 million in cash and left a female police officer injured.
Just before midday yesterday, Strike Force Aldred detectives were conducting inquiries at Artarmon, and attempted to arrest a 33-year-old man.
The man ran from police, and as the arrest was made, he allegedly assaulted the officers.
A female detective senior constable suffered a significant leg injury and she was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to hospital in a stable condition, where she will undergo reconstructive surgery.
A short time later, a 34-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives at Bondi Junction.
Following further inquiries, strike force detectives, assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad, executed search warrants at an apartment on Liverpool Street, Sydney, an apartment at Wentworth Park Road, Glebe, and a home on Dettman Avenue, Longueville.
During the searches, police located and seized $1.1 million cash, a money counter, a powder press machine and plates, steroids, tablets, mobile phones, computers, documents, and paraphernalia consistent with large-scale drug supply and money laundering.
The 33-year-old man was taken to Chatswood Police Station and charged with cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent to resist arrest, assault police, resist officer, two counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and directing a criminal group. He was refused bail to appear at Hornsby Local Court today.
The 34-year-old man, who is a Canadian National, was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with two counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime; possess prohibited drug, and participating in a criminal group. He was refused bail to appear at Waverley Local Court today.
Investigations are continuing.
Organised Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook praised the work of investigators throughout yesterday’s police operation.
“In addition to the bravery of the officers at Artarmon – who undertook their duty in difficult circumstances – the resolve and dedication of the rest of the team to get the job done needs to be acknowledged,” Det Supt Cook said.
“Yesterday’s operation demonstrates the Organised Crime Squad’s dedication to targeting anyone involved in organised criminal activities that impact on the community of NSW.
“Essentially, organised crime is about money, so we investigate the money, and we will continue to focus on the money and target those involved in organised criminal activities both here and abroad.”
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to money laundering or other organised criminal activities to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/