A man is expected to face court charged with more than 70 offences after he allegedly co-ordinated the illegal trade of Australian native animals and importation of exotic fauna.
The 55-year-old was one of two men charged after police searched homes at East Hills, Petersham, Greystanes, Riverstone, Whalan and Albion Park Rail on Wednesday.
Police allege they found several native and exotic animals, including Australian magpies, a death adder, a red-bellied black snake, a Burmese python, lizards and turtles, in the searches.
The 55-year-old was arrested at the East Hills home and charged with 72 offences, including obtaining money by deception, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, dealing with identity information to commit an indictable offence, and exporting a regulated native specimen without a permit or exemption.
He was refused bail ahead of a scheduled appearance at Bankstown Local Court on Thursday.
"Police will allege in court that the man co-ordinated the illegal trade of Australian native animals and illegal importation of exotic fauna," NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday.
"It will be further alleged that the man obtained nearly $1 million through large-scale identity fraud and $50,000 through money laundering offences."
Another man, 27, was arrested at the Greystanes home and charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, dealing in or attempting to deal in a protected animal, possessing a regulated live specimen from unlawful import and possessing a non-native CITES/regulated specimen.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court in July.