Two men from Adelaide’s Southern Foothills have been arrested as part of an international crackdown on crime.
On Monday 20 June, a 43-year-old man from Mitcham and a 45-year-old man from Urrbrae were arrested and charged with seven counts each of cultivating and trafficking large quantities of cannabis.
Both men have pre-existing charges that were commenced as a result of Operation Ironside. Authorities allege that the pair worked as part of a criminal syndicate cultivating and distributing large quantities of cannabis across Australia.
Two other members of the syndicate, who remain in custody on Ironside related charges, will be further charged. All four men, including an alleged member of the Comanchero Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang, will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 15 July.
The maximum penalty for cultivating or trafficking large commercial quantities of cannabis is $1,000,000 or life imprisonment or both.
Operation Ironside is an AFP-led investigation into significant organised crime syndicates who have used a dedicated encrypted communications device, named AN0M, to traffic illicit drugs and weapons to Australia. The global sting has been enabled by the AFP and FBI in the US.
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