Three men arrested linked to Operation Ironside, South Australia

Detectives from Serious and Organised Crime Branch have arrested three men linked to Operation Ironside.

A 37-year-old man from North Adelaide has been charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled drug, two counts of trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, trafficking a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug and affray.

The man is believed to be a full member of the Comanchero OMCG.

A 37-year old man from Glenelg has been charged with trafficking a controlled drug and trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

Both men have been refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today, Monday 19 September.

The arrests are the result of the ongoing review of messages and images sent across the AN0M encrypted communication platform.

A third man, a 27-year-old from Somerton Park has been arrested for affray following an incident in a licensed premise in Glenelg on 20 August.

He has been bailed to attend at the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 3 November.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Fielke from Serious and Orgainsed Crime Branch said “Investigators are continuing to analyse messages sent across the AN0M platform, this ongoing work by Investigators has uncovered evidence of large commercial drug trafficking. These arrests demonstrate that Investigators will continue to pursue those responsible for trafficking harmful drugs in the community. Those individuals who used the AN0M platform to engage in criminal behaviour should not be comfortable, or think that they have avoided being arrested.”

DCI Fielke further said “community members should feel safe, and police will continue to seek out those who engage in criminal behaviour, including members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.”

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