Suspected drug lord with links to $40 million WA crime arrested in Europe

A notorious Australian drug lord behind a global criminal syndicate who is wanted in WA in connection to a $40 million drug haul has been arrested in eastern Europe.

The Australian Federal Police put out a statement on Thursday claiming Vaso Ulic, 58, was arrested in Montenegro on Tuesday.

Ulic is wanted in connection to a $40 million drug shipment of MDMA powder that arrived in Fremantle port aboard a cargo ship from Melbourne on April 17, 2008.

While about 16kg of the drug later went missing, 44kg was taken to a house in the Perth northern suburb of Lockeridge where police, who had been monitoring the drug-smuggling operation, substituted it with a harmless substance.

Former Olympic martial arts hopeful and long-time friend of former West Coast star Ben Cousins Fabian Quaid was sentenced to 17 years in jail in 2010 for his role in conspiring to traffic 44kg of MDMA, the drug used to make ecstasy.

Quaid was described in court at the time of his sentencing  as a “money launderer” and “negotiator for outlaw motorcycle gangs”.

The AFP claims Ulic was behind “a global criminal syndicate suspected of smuggling drugs into Australia and laundering money to facilitate this activity”.

“This man has long been a target of the AFP and other Australian law enforcement partners, including NSW Police,” the statement read.

“The arrest of this man is a significant strike against organised crime affecting Australia, and the AFP congratulate Montenegro authorities on their outstanding work in this matter.

“It is believed the man will face court proceedings in Montenegro, which will then inform or determine future legal action he will face.”

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