New footage from the most audacious law enforcement operation in Australian history shows heavily-armed police kicking in doors, cutting through barriers and scaling high-rise apartments as they bring down alleged organised crime kingpins.
Authorities sensationally carried out the country’s biggest ever organised bust on Tuesday morning, announcing 224 people had been arrested as a result of an elaborate sting using technology designed by the .
Some of Australia’s most sinister criminal networks began using ‘AN0M’ branded phones and encrypted messaging almost three years ago, not realising the Federal Police were using the platform to read their messages.
The app gained currency in the underworld after being promoted by criminal figures including Australia’s most wanted man, suspected drug lord Hakan Ayik, after first being distributed by police informants.
Australian police have warned Ayik – dubbed the ‘Facebook gangster’ for the flashy lifestyle he shows off on social media – he is a marked man after unwittingly peddling the ‘trojan horse’ app to his underworld associates.
The AFP have urged Ayik, who they allege still orchestrates huge shipments of meth and cocaine into Australia from his base in Turkey, to hand himself in to authorities.
A huge overnight bust in Australia saw 4,000 officers storm the underworld after gangsters were monitored for 18 months using the AN0M app, which has also been deployed by police in the US and Britain.
Through the covert operation, detectives allegedly foiled 21 murder plots – saving the lives of a family of five – and shut down gun distribution and mass drug trafficking rings, with Mafia bosses, bikies and reality TV stars among those arrested.
Authorities sensationally carried out Australia’s biggest ever organised crime bust on Tuesday
Hakan Ayik (pictured) was tricked into distributing messages to criminal associates. Australian Federal Police have called for the suspected drug lord to hand himself in
A tactical police officer guards a handcuffed arrested man during a raid. He was one of 224 people arrested as part of Operation Ironside