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Australian Casino Linked to Drug Cartel

30 June 2005

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Herald Sun: "Police believe they have smashed a major heroin cartel allegedly laundering money through Crown Casino.

"Thirteen people -- aged 15 to 77 -- were arrested as major drug investigation division detectives swooped on six homes in early morning raids yesterday.

"…Nine people were expected to be charged with drug trafficking offences last night after police seized an estimated $1 million worth of high-grade heroin.

"…The heroin bust came after police also raided a drug laboratory and an alleged national steroid trafficking operation running out of Melbourne.

"…Also seized was a large amount of cash, casino chips with values ranging up to $5000, powder used to mix with heroin, a money-counting machine and computer hard drives…"

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