COPS HAVE ‘THE KID’ IN SIGHTS

The West Australian - - NEWS - ROURKE WALSH

The net is tight­en­ing around an al­leged WA drug traf­ficker known as “The Kid” with Colom­bian po­lice and Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents ex­pected to go af­ter the 23year-old in his are and they will pay you a visit very shortly so we can un­der­stand what you’ve been up to,” he said.

“We will bring you back to WA and pros­e­cute you to the full ex­tent of the law.”

Mr Blanch said the DEA had been track­ing The Kid for some time and would ap­proach him very shortly with the Columbian Na­tional Po­lice over the se­ries of raids WA Po­lice ex­e­cuted at the week­end.

As part of Oper­a­tion Sig­nal, more than 50 homes and busi­nesses were raided by de­tec­tives across Perth’s sub­urbs.

The seven-month spe­cial oper­a­tion has re­sulted in more than 90kg of drugs, $4 mil­lion cash and 13 firearms be­ing seized.

More than 50 peo­ple con­nected to the al­leged crim­i­nal syn­di­cate have also been charged with more than 130 of­fences.

Mr Blanch said The Kid had es­tab­lished his crim­i­nal em­pire through con­nec­tions to other Aus­tralian crim­i­nal ex­pats who now lived in South Amer­ica.

It is be­lieved the young boss left Aus­tralian some months ago and is sur­rounded by a net­work of crim­i­nals aged in their 30s and 40s.

“Young crime fig­ures cer­tainly need some en­cour­age­ment and men­tor­ship within the or­gan­ised crime com­mu­nity and that’s ex­actly what has hap­pened here,” he said.

“My ad­vice to him would be to come back to WA be­cause we would like to talk to him. It is prob­a­bly best to reach out and pull the bandaid off.”

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