Alleged bikie extradited to Western Australia following $32 million cash seizure
Posted On April 15, 2022
An alleged bikie has been extradited to Western Australia, after Queensland detectives caught the accused money launderer on a Gold Coast highway this week.
Johnson Rowe, 28, has been charged with money laundering and conspiring to sell 50kg of dangerous drugs, including 30kg of methamphetamine, 10kg of cocaine and 10kg of heroin.
Mr Rowe’s arrest on Tuesday came after the seizure of a record $6 million in drug money during a raid on a Perth home, with a total of $32 million seized during the 2020 operation.
“At the time of the alleged conspiracy detectives seized millions of dollars in cash and several kilograms of illicit drugs,” a statement from WA Police said.
The cash seizure is one of the largest in Australian history and the Australian Federal Police, as well as state officers from four states, have been searching for the perpetrators for over a year.
Police said Mr Rowe is alleged to be a major player in an international drug trafficking syndicate.
“This person has never, while committing these offences, never actually stepped foot in Western Australia and he operated from the east coast, predominantly Queensland,” Detective Superintendent John Hutchison from WA Police said.
“We’re getting better every day at utilising data and technical capability to apprehend these type of people and this is just a good example of that.”
A number of men have already been charged in relation to the 2020 drug bust.
The warrant for Mr Rowe’s arrest was issued December last year.
He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.