The AFP has just revealed the 'most significant operation in policing history'. Here's what we know

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison was joined by Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw to brief us on the "most significant operation in policing history". We've broken it down into the most important bits.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison just gave a press conference about a massive international organised crime sting, which involved the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and thousands of Australian officers.

Underworld figures were tricked into communicating with each other via an encrypted messaging app known as AN0M.

Thinking it was safe, they used it to plan criminal behaviour, police say.

But the app was designed by authorities, who read the messages and gathered enough intelligence to make a string of arrests.

They called it Operation Ironside, which Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said was the "most significant operation in policing history here in Australia".

These are the key takeaways from this morning's press conference.

More than 200 arrested

Here are a few statistics about Operation Ironside from Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw:

224 offenders have been charged

224 offenders have been charged 525 charges have been laid

525 charges have been laid Six illicit labs have been shut down

Six illicit labs have been shut down 104 firearms and weapons have been seized

104 firearms and weapons have been seized Nearly $45 million in cash has been seized

Nearly $45 million in cash has been seized 21 threats to kill have been disrupted and stopped

But Commissioner Kershaw said that wasn't the last of it.

"These figures are likely to increase over the coming days. "Collectively, these alleged offenders are facing jail terms that could run into hundreds of years, and some of the charges they are facing carry life imprisonment."

Australia is 'one of the most profitable countries in the world to sell drugs'

Commissioner Kershaw said the operation had embroiled members of multiple different organisations, including:

outlaw motorcycle gangs

outlaw motorcycle gangs Australian mafia

Australian mafia Asian crime syndicates

He said "some of the most dangerous criminals in Australia" have been charged:

"We allege they've…
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