Sydney crime network shut down as cops raid 20 properties and countless are arrested

Entire crime network is smashed as cops raid 20 properties across Sydney in the wake of bloody suburban shootings

  • Sydney drug syndicate shut down this week after 20 properties raided by cops
  • Crime network had been operating a ‘dial-a-dealer’ scheme across NSW
  • The raids were coordinated by Taskforce Erebus set up to investigate shootings  

A massive drug syndicate has been shut down by police after 20 properties were raided across Sydney.

The arrests come after a ten-month investigation into a south-west Sydney-based organised criminal network operating a drug distribution chain.

NSW Police said the entire syndicate was arrested this week after more than 20 search warrants were carried out.

Those involved have been taken to local police stations with charges expected to be laid.

The crime network had also been operating a sophisticated ‘dial-a-dealer’ scheme which police say was involved in supplying prohibited and prescription drugs across New South Wales. 

The raids were carried out as part of a large police investigation ran by Taskforce Erebus – the recent taskforce established to coordinate investigations into a spate of fatal shootings in Sydney involving rival organised crime gangs.

A new taskforce has been set up to investigate the fatal shooting of Rami Iskander, 23

Thirteen people have been killed in gang violence in Sydney’s west and southwest over the past 18 months.

The latest shooting happened on May 14 when the nephew of slain gangland figure Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad was shot dead at his western Sydney home – the third fatal shooting in recent weeks.

Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street at Belmore. 

Iskander was killed just days after his uncle Ahmad was sprayed with bullets outside a Greenacre home on April 27 after a $1million bounty was placed on his head.

Detectives are chasing down three theories trying to explain why Iskander was killed, including whether or not his enemies were trying to prevent him from avenging his father’s death.

Taskforce Erebus will examine the circumstances and links between recent fatal shootings as well as dozens of acts of violence and the supply of prohibited drugs, illicit firearms, vehicle theft and various other criminal activities.

The taskforce brings together Australian Federal Police, detectives in southwest Sydney, the NSW Crime Commission and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

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