A man charged with more than 70 offences for allegedly co-ordinating the illegal trade in Australian native animals and importation of exotic fauna will remain in custody for another night.
The 55-year-old was one of two men charged after police said they found several native and exotic animals, including Australian magpies, a death adder, a red-bellied black snake, a Burmese python, lizards and turtles during searches of homes in suburban Sydney.
He was refused bail on Wednesday and was due to face Bankstown Local Court on Thursday, however, the matter was adjourned without being heard.
He is now scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
The man was arrested at an 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.
"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.
"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.