14 February 2023

Man charged under new organised crime laws following Goulburn vehicle search

| Claire Fenwicke
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Raptor South officers seized $130,000 in cash along with drugs and a suspected dedicated encrypted criminal communication device. Photo: NSW Police.

Police have seized a dedicated encrypted criminal communication device (DECCD) along with a kilo of cocaine and $130,000 after searching a vehicle near Goulburn.

Raptor South officers spotted a sedan travelling north on the Hume Highway at about 6:20 pm on Monday (13 February) before it pulled into a service station.

Police spoke with 22-year-old Kelvin Boby Lee King before searching the vehicle.

Inside they allegedly found two hidden compartments containing $130,000 cash, 1kg of a white substance, believed to be cocaine, and a suspected DECCD.

All items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.

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The Liverpool man was taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged under newly introduced organised crime laws.

He’s been charged with possessing a DECCD to commit serious criminal activity, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and dealing with property proceeds of crime.

The man was refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Tuesday (14 February).

Raptor Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said this was the first time NSW Police had charged a person under the new organised crime legislation prohibiting the possession of a DECCD.

“These new organised crime laws provide us with the additional tools to target those involved in organised crime. It is these reasons why these laws, the first in Australia, are vital in aiding our fight against organised crime in NSW,” he said.

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He warned police squads would continue to target organised crime in regional areas.

“Criminals use our major transport routes and highways to transport drugs and cash interstate and throughout NSW. These syndicates think just because they aren’t in the city, we won’t notice their activities – they’re wrong,” Det Supt Koutsoufis said.

“Our Raptor South and North squads continue to work with local police, other State Crime Command Squads, and interstate and federal law enforcement agencies to monitor intelligence and disrupt their business model.”

Inquiries are continuing.

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