A joint Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and New South Wales police anti-drug smuggling investigation resulted in five arrests overnight.
Five men were arrested, including Melbourne music producer Andrew McManus and US businessman Owen Hanson, a 65-year-old Sydney solicitor and two other men aged 32 and 55. Mr McManus, who brought acts like Mötley Crüe and Kiss to Australia, was arrested at Melbourne Airport last night. Police are seeking to extradite Mr Hanson, who was arrested by the FBI, to Sydney to face charges including money laundering and being involved in the supply of illegal drugs.
The investigation began with the seizure of $702,000 from a man at a Sydney Hotel in 2011. At the time Mr McManus claimed the money was his – payment for a concert tour. Last year, more than $68,000 worth of cash, drugs and steroids were found in raids across five properties in NSW and Victoria. Since then, information surfaced about an alleged importation of 300kg of cocaine from Mexico, but police said the drugs never reached Australia. Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, commander of the NSW Organised Crime Squad, said in a statement: “It is now clear that organised syndicates impacting NSW are often transnational in nature. Whilst this presents us with challenges, those who undertake these activities need to understand that being outside the jurisdiction will not save you.”
Floods in Joso City, Japan
More than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in Joso City, north of Tokyo, after the Kinugawa river burst in the wake of Typhoon Etau. Many residents waited on their roofs overnight to be rescued. Houses were swept away and trees uprooted as helicopters were sent to rescue people. Three deaths were confirmed, with 24 people missing and approximately 27 injured, eight seriously. Authorities have issued fresh warnings for Sendai, capital of Miyagi prefecture, where further rain and mudslides are predicted.
Commonwealth services return after technology outage
The CBA has announced that all services are returning to normal after a night of chaos when customers could not access bank services, including ATMs, eftpos, net banking, phone banking and Bpay after a maintenance hiccup brought the entire system down. Many customers took to social media to vent. Some complained they had experienced a similar large scale outage in June.
US to take 10,000 more Syrian refugees
President Obama has instructed government agencies to take 10,000 more Syrian refugees, quintupling America’s intake for this year. The US had come under increasing pressure to do more as a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Europe, flooded with refugees who have despaired of their life in Syria. Some estimates suggest there are now seven million Syrians displaced by the civil war in that country.
While aid groups criticised the US response as paltry, Republicans have complained that the move will allow potential terrorists to enter the country. “Our enemy now is Islamic terrorism, and these people are coming from a country filled with Islamic terrorists,” said one Republican representative, Peter T. King, of New York. “We don’t want another Boston Marathon bombing situation.” – Compiled from web sources by Sion Weatherhead