Real estate agent reportedly spotted grow houses for Albanian crime syndicate
Officers also discovered more than 80 cannabis plants, weighing a total of 96 kilograms, at two Keysborough homes linked to the syndicate. They arrested two men as part of the operation.
Two more grow houses were later discovered in Burwood East and Keysborough, where they found over 20 plants and 11 seedlings.
Molla and two other associates, Emiliano Paron, 46, and a 23-year-old woman from Dandenong, were arrested more than a year later, in August 2022.
Molla was charged with directing the activities of a criminal organization, cultivating controlled plants for commercial purposes and cultivating a marketable amount of cannabis. Paron and the woman were accused of growing controlled plants.
They were released on bail in August and will appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in November.
The arrests were part of Operation Ironside, a three-year joint investigation between AFP and the FBI that led to the arrests of dozens of suspected bikers and Mafia figures.
The investigation, which has been described by law enforcement as the “sting of the century”, used An0m to secretly monitor communications about the global drug trade and other illegal activities.
AFP Sergeant Glenn Tankard said the entire syndicate operation, including the network of illicit cannabis grow houses in Melbourne, had been entirely dismantled by the raids.
“We allege that those arrested are prominent members of the syndicate with ties to Albanian organized crime, who undertook enormous planning to direct their criminal operations to grow and cultivate cannabis with the help of professional facilitators,” the statement said. tankard.
Tumino will appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with one count of supporting a criminal organisation.
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