Federal police dismantle major global crime syndicate, 17 arrested

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, National Manager Organised Crime and Cyber, said the resolution was a result of tenacious and innovative police work by the AFP, and strong domestic and global partnerships.

Police have refused to confirm reports Ibrahim brothers Michael and Fadi were among those nabbed in Dubai.

The Dubai Police have arrested five men as part of a multinational effort to disrupt two interlinked drug rings suspected of moving large amounts of narcotics to Australia, it was announced on Tuesday.

John Ibrahim's Dover Heights home was targeted during the raids, along with 28 properties in Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill, Bankstown, Punchbowl and Arncliffe.

Working with their counterparts in Dubai and the Netherlands, Australian Federal Police (AFP) said they had smashed the drug ring with simultaneous arrests early Tuesday morning in Sydney and Dubai.

The groups worked closely to "arrange, purchase and facilitate" the large-scale importation of 1.8 tonnes of MDMA, 136 kilograms of cocaine and 15 kilograms of crystal meth, police allege.

A 27-year-old Double Bay woman will be charged with one count of Possess firearm not authorised to do so.

Mr Gaughan said there were connections at the lower end of the two Australian groups and no suggestion of business rivalries.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police have raided Fadi Ibrahim's house at Dover Heights.

The Netherlands have also followed up on this operation, with two men arrested by Dutch authorities.

The potential street value of the drugs, should they have made it to Australia, was up to 810 million Australian dollars (around $650 million).

"Certainly some figures that have been arrested today are of great significance to NSW Police and obviously of great significance to law enforcement generally", NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon said.

'I think there is a perception by Australian criminal syndicates that they can operate in certain countries and be out of the reach of Australian law enforcement, ' Mr Gaughan said, reported Fairfax Media.

"This is a very clear message that places like Dubai and the UAE more broadly are working with law enforcement to bring these people to justice".

"The safety of the people of NSW is paramount, and along with our law enforcement partners - both here and overseas - we will do everything in our power to ensure that safety is maintained", he said.

Extradition proceedings from Dubai are underway and expected to be completed within 60 days.

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