Operation Ironside: Who are the Greek Australians charged in the sting of the century?

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Nine Greek Australians are among more than 120 Australians who have been charged in the Operation Ironside, or ‘Trojan Shield’, sting.

Four are from South Australia, two from Victoria, two from New South Wales, and one from Queensland.

Almost all of their offences involve trafficking or possessing drugs and money laundering.

Emmanuel Vamvoukakis is one of nine Greek Australians to be arrested in the Operation Ironside sting (Picture: AFP)

The Greek Australians who have been charged are: 

South Australia:

APOSTLE BROIKOS

Aged 18 from Burnside. Charged with trafficking in a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

LUKE KOKOTIS

Aged 44 from Hackham. Charged with trafficking in a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

CHRISTO NICKOLAS

Aged 32 from Ascot Park. Charged with two counts of money laundering.

STAMATI TOULANTAS

Aged 24 from Park Holme. Charged with trafficking in a controlled drug, possess prescription drug and possess prohibited weapon.

Queensland:

JOHNATHAN JAMES CASIOTIS

Aged 34 and charged at Moorooka. Charged with possessing anything for use in the commission of crime, producing dangerous drugs (serious organised crime), possess dangerous drugs, possess utensils, contravene order about information necessary to access information stored electronically and possess property suspect of having been used in connection with commission of a drug offence.

Victoria:

Six men charged over an alleged plot to import $1 billion worth of ice and cocaine into Australia from India and the US. They include:

MARK JOANNOU

Aged 41, of Sydenham

GEORGE KAMVISSIS

Aged 30-year-old from Niddrie. Charged with two counts of trafficking a large commercial quantity of a drug of dependence.

New South Wales:

LUKE ANDREOU

Aged 31 from Horsley Park. Charged with money-laundering offences, and possessing drugs and firearms. Refused bail in Wollongong Court on June 10.

EMMANUEL VAMOUKAKIS

Aged 40 from Mount Keira. Charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, directing a criminal group, dealing in proceeds of crime. Refused bail by Wollongong Court.

Source: Daily Telegraph

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