Operation Ironside: Greek Australians among those charged in NSW police bust


So far 55 people from New South Wales have been arrested in the major police sting Operation Ironside. They have been hit with a range of charges, including having a Lamborghini bought with the proceeds of crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and participating in a criminal organisation.

Among those 55 are two Greek Australians – Emmanuel Vamvoukakis and Luke Andreou.

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Luke Andreou:

Luke Andreou, 31, was arrested by the AFP as part of Operation Ironside raids on Sunday. Picture: Facebook / The Daily Telegraph.

The 31-year-old from Horsley Park has been charged with money-laundering offences, and possessing drugs and firearms.

Emmanuel Vamvoukakis:

The high-ranking Comanchero bikie was arrested on Sunday after the National Anti Gangs Squad allegedly busted him trying to import cocaine from Greece.

READ MORE: AFP raids Emmanuel Vamvoukakis’ home over alleged plot to import cocaine from Greece.

(R) Operation Ironside: Police at one of many raids around the country. Picture: The Daily Telegraph.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Vamvoukakis — who police say is the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Comanchero South Coast chapter — was charged with four offences.

This includes: import marketable quantity of border controlled drug; deal with proceeds of crime; direct activities to aid or risk aiding a criminal organisation and; intend as instrument of crime money or property worth $50,000 or more.

Vamvoukakis did not apply for bail and it was officially refused in Wollongong Local Court.

Full story: The Daily Telegraph.

READ MORE: Operation Ironside: Greek Australians among those arrested in SA.




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