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Two Sydney men arrested following joint operation

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This is a joint Australian Federal Police and NSW Police Force media release.

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 (6 June 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.”

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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.

**Editor’s note: footage of this joint operation is available to download via hightail:

https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/fHrc1dzoIb/YWZwbmF0aW9uYWxtZWRpYUBhZnAuZ29

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Media enquiries:

AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

NSW Police Media: (02) 8263 6100

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