Australian Federal Police have arrested an worker of an Emirates-owned air providers firm and charged him with drug trafficking and cash laundering offences on account of the Operation Ironside investigation.
The person, Frank Meredith, is a Sydney Airport-based worker of air providers firm Dubai Nationwide Air Journey Company (DNATA), which is owned by Emirates and his arrest got here after a two-year AFP operation.
The inquiry beforehand led to the charging of two Sydney males over a 38-kilogram methamphetamine importation on an Air Canada flight in March 2019. Nevertheless it was proof uncovered by the AFP’s infiltration of the An0m encrypted telephone platform as a part of an operation codenamed Ironside that allowed investigators to uncover the alleged infiltration of DNATA’s Sydney Airport division.
A DNATA spokesperson confirmed in a press release that certainly one of its workers in Australia was in police custody however declined to touch upon “ongoing authorized proceedings and investigations by the authorities”.
“DNATA is dedicated to moral enterprise practices and operates in compliance with all legal guidelines, rules and trade requirements … We’re co-operating totally with the authorities of their investigation,” the assertion stated.
Operation Ironside was unveiled by the AFP on Tuesday and led to lots of of arrests of organised crime figures internationally all through the week.
In a press release, the AFP stated one of many crime syndicates recognized by Ironside “consisted of individuals with trusted insider entry on the airport, who utilised encrypted gadgets to speak”.
The arrests come simply days after The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that regulation enforcement businesses imagine Qantas has been infiltrated by organised crime teams, together with at Sydney Airport.
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