Grim detail in Sydney property listing

From the outside, it would be hard to guess that a multimillion-dollar house in Sydney once hid the operations of an imprisoned drug dealer linked to a Colombian drug gang.

But the property, listed at a sale price of between $1.64 million and $2.76 million, was seized by Australian Federal Police after it was believed to have been used as an instrumentality of crime.

Alexander Luis Leon was arrested when AFP executed a search warrant at the property in April 2017 as part of an investigation into a Sydney-based Colombian organized crime group involved in drug smuggling and money laundering. money.

Camera iconThe Sylvania home is listed for sale with a price range of $1.64-2.76 million. Credit: Provided

Leon is currently serving a three and a half year prison sentence after pleading guilty to money laundering and deemed supply of a prohibited drug.

Inside the house, investigators discovered two hidden rooms concealed behind an automatic door disguised as a bookcase.

With the flick of a switch, the bookcase automatically retracted and revealed a stash containing cocaine, cannabis, cannabis resin, cell phones, scales, clip-lock bags, a substance commonly used to cut drugs and equipment used to detect monitoring devices.

Two replica guns and $130,000 in cash were found in other parts of the house.

Leon’s father, who also lived at the residence, was not charged with any criminal offense but accepted a ruling from the NSW Supreme Court that the house should be forfeited to the police.

Stefan Jerga, national head of forfeiture of criminal assets at AFP, said the police had a two-pronged strategy when it came to dismantling organized crime.

“We will charge the offenders and seize the instruments and ill-gotten gains used to finance their lavish lifestyle,” Mr Jerga said.

“AFP wants to ensure that when offenders come out of prison, they no longer have the spoils of criminal activity at their disposal.

“Law-abiding Australians work hard to buy their first home – they go to work, they pay their taxes and they save for a deposit. Organized criminals laugh at their greed and often use violence to amass their criminal wealth.

“The AFP will continue to unleash maximum damage on the criminal environment, especially the organized criminals who bring misery to the community by trafficking illicit drugs.”

The proceeds from the sale of the house will go to the Australian Financial Security Authority to be placed in the Forfeited Assets account.

The account is then used by the Home Secretary for community law enforcement initiatives.

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