A Lamborghini and a golden gun are among a $12 million property haul seized by federal police who busted five men allegedly trafficking heroin and ice in Melbourne.
Four Australians, aged 32 and 33, have been charged with trafficking commercial quantities of crystal methamphetamine and heroin.
A fifth man, believed to be Vietnamese, was charged with proceeds of crime offences.
A Lamborghini Huracan worth about $500,000 a Mercedes-Benz coupe, a gold pistol, up to $250,000 in cash, 4.175kg of ice and 2.5kg of heroin were seized in drug raids across Melbourne’s west, Australian Federal Police said on Thursday.
A house used to grow cannabis is one of four properties seized, along with encrypted phones.
The Melbourne syndicate controlled or owned about $12 million in assets, allegedly fuelled by drug money, AFP Commander Amanda Kates told reporters.
The drugs are believed to have come from southeast Asia before being made into sellable amounts with a street value tipping over $4 million, she said.
The syndicate had been under investigation since May.
“The effect in the community of what these offenders are doing, was maximum. They have been doing it for a long time,” Cmdr Kates said.
“Meth is one of the vilest drugs. Getting it off the streets, no matter what the quantity, will save lives.”
Two of the men were arrested during the raid of a house at Delahey and the others were arrested at Brunswick, Footscray and Maribyrnong, Acting Superintendent Julian Bianco said.
Most of the men used “flashy cars” but weren’t flaunting their riches, with one man even driving the car at night to avoid attention, the senior officer said.
The accused had legitimate businesses, and used those to launder the funds, Supt Bianco added.
Nine properties were raided during the five days up to Monday.
Australian authorities worked with international agencies during their investigation of the syndicate with Cmdr Kates describing the collaboration as essential.
Four of the five men have been remanded in custody and the group is due to face court in February.
Police have not ruled out further arrests.