Two men have been arrested in Sydney today as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT).
Members of the JCTT - comprising the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police Force (NSWPF), the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission - conducted operational activity in the suburbs of Wiley Park and Bankstown this morning (June 6, 2018).
A 28-year-old Bankstown man and a 27-year-old Wiley Park man were arrested and taken to Bankstown and Campsie police stations.
The Bankstown man is due to appear before Bankstown Local Court today after being charged with dealing in proceeds of crime (money or property worth $1 million or more), contrary to section 400.3(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The Wiley Park man is expected to be charged with the same offence. The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years' imprisonment or a fine of $315,000, or both.
Today's operation is part of a long-running investigation into alleged money laundering and foreign incursion offences, which resulted in three arrests in Sydney in October 2017 for proceeds of crime offences, and one arrest in December 2017 for a person allegedly travelling to a conflict zone.
The NSW JCTT would like to reassure the community there is no current or impending threat to the community as part of today's activities.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, said the nature of this investigation has been complex and involved a range of varying charges.
"The JCTT will continue pursuing each and every line of enquiry, and ensure we are doing everything we can to bring people to account for their criminal activities. People should feel safe knowing that our law enforcement agencies are joined together and working closer than ever in these efforts."
NSWPF Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, said today's operations is another example of the strong partnership between two agencies.
"NSW Police work hand in glove with law enforcement and intelligence agencies across the country, and in particular, with our federal counterparts in the effort to prevent and disrupt crime and protect the community."
Anyone with information on crime should always come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think that information may be. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.