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Assyrian Criminal Network Crushed in Australia, NSW

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Assyrian Criminal Network Crushed in Australia, NSW

Mar-04-2012 at 11:52 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Assyrian Criminal Network Crushed in NSW
by AAP February 29, 2012

FOUR young men, allegedly members of an Assyrian criminal syndicate, have been arrested in a crackdown on drug and gun crime in Sydney's southwest. The four were netted during dawn raids today.

A strike force was formed in July last year to probe the street supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis by the criminal group.

Three young men, aged 18, 19 and 20, were taken into custody as simultaneous search warrants were executed on four Fairfield homes shortly before 7am (AEDT) today, while an 18-year-old man was arrested overnight.

Police said the men were expected to be charged with more than 20 offences, including drug supply and participating in a criminal group.

Seven alleged members of the criminal group have so far been arrested by strike force investigators, including the syndicate's 21-year-old alleged kingpin last month.

He was arrested during a raid at a Fairfield home that netted nine firearms, including three automatic pistols, a revolver, rifle, two shotguns and two shortened rifles, ammunition and a quantity of drugs.

Two other men, aged 19 and 20, were in custody on unrelated matters and were expected to be charged in the near future, police said.

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1. UPDATE: Crack down on drug and gun crime

Mar-04-2012 at 11:57 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Crack down: Fairfield LAC’s Superintendent Peter Lennon. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

UPDATE: Crack down on drug and gun crime


by Sally Lee. Fairfield City Champion, 29 Feb, 2012 11:04 AM

FIVE members of what local police describe as an Assyrian criminal syndicate were arrested yesterday and Tuesday night by Strike Force Face in relation to drug and gun crime.
Strike Force Face was formed by detectives at Fairfield Local Area Command in July last year to target the supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis by members of the criminal group.

Three men aged 18, 19 and 20 were taken into custody before 7am yesterday.

A fourth member of the alleged syndicate, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on Tuesday night.

They were taken to Cabramatta and Fairfield Police Stations and are expected to be charged with over 20 offences, including drug supply and participating in a criminal group.

Another member, a 21-year-old man, was arrested in Carramar at about 1.15pm yesterday.

He was refused bail and will appear in Fairfield Local Court today.

So far, eight members of the ‘‘small’’ criminal group have now been arrested by police.

The syndicate’s alleged kingpin, a man aged 27, was arrested by police on January 27, which allegedly resulted in the seizure of nine firearms, ammunition and drugs.

Two other men, aged 19 and 20, remain in custody on unrelated matters.

South West Metropolitan Region Commander and Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, said the message of these arrests was loud and clear.

‘‘This sends a strong message to the local community, particularly individuals who will involve themselves in extortion, drugs or firearm offences. We will target you, we will arrest you and we will put you before the court,’’ he said.

‘‘We will not stop until we put an end to it.’’

Fairfield LAC’s Superintendent Peter Lennon said he believed the major players of the syndicate had been arrested.

‘‘It’s satisfying for us because we’re here to work for the community,’’ he said.

Police weren’t able to confirm that the arrests were linked to the recent spate of shootings in south-western Sydney.

Further investigations continue.

Anyone with information should contact Fairfield Detectives on 9728 8399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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2. Heart ripped out of' Assyrian crime gang in Sydney raids: police

Mar-04-2012 at 12:04 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Arrested ... a suspect is led away after the raid by Strike Force Face. Photo: NSW Police

Heart ripped out of' Assyrian crime gang in Sydney raids: police


Sydney Morning Herald, February 29, 2012.

Police say they have "ripped the heart out" of an Assyrian organised crime gang after a series of dawn raids in Sydney's south-west.

"We have effectively dismantled an organised crime group," Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli told reporters in Sydney today.

"With a total of seven arrests over the last month we have effectively ripped the heart out of a syndicate of organised criminals."

Mr Mennilli alleged the group were not only selling drugs but were also involved in the sale of firearms.

Police stormed four Fairfield homes before 7am (AEDT) today and took three men, aged 18, 19 and 20, into custody.

A fourth member of the alleged syndicate, an 18-year-old man, was also arrested overnight.
The men are expected to be charged with more than 20 offences, including drug supply and participating in a criminal group.

The arrests come after Strike Force Face was formed in July last year to probe the street supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis by the criminal group.

Strike Force Face has also been working with Operation Spartan on the recent spate of shootings across Sydney this year.

Seven members of the alleged criminal group have now been arrested by strike force investigators, including the syndicate's alleged kingpin last month.

The 21-year-old suspected leader was arrested during a raid at a Fairfield home that netted nine firearms, ammunition and a quantity of drugs.

The firearms included three automatic pistols, a revolver, a rifle, two shotguns and two shortened rifles.

Two other men, aged 19 and 20, were in custody on unrelated matters and were expected to be charged in the near future, police said.

Mr Mennilli said the arrests were a warning to anyone involved in extortion and drug and firearm offences.

"We will target you, we will arrest you and we will put you before the courts."

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3. Charges laid over drive-by shootings in Sydney's west

Mar-04-2012 at 12:59 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Charges laid over drive-by shootings in Sydney's west


by Clementine Cuneo. The Daily Telegraph, March 01, 2012 12:00AM

A CRIME gang allegedly linked to a spate of drive-by shootings in Sydney has been "smashed" after a series of raids yesterday.

After an almost eight-month investigation into the supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis, police stormed four houses in Fairfield, in Sydney's west, and arrested three men.

Police will allege the men, aged 18, 19, and 20, as well as an 18-year-old man arrested the day before, were the remnants of an Assyrian crime gang they had been targeting after the kingpins were arrested in recent months.

The four men were charged with 20 offences between them, including drug supply and participating in a criminal group, and were refused bail.

Strike Force Face was set up in July last year to investigate drug supply in Sydney's southwest by this group, police said.

Detectives from the strike force have worked closely with Operation Spartan on the shootings in Sydney's southwest, which they believe were linked to the Assyrian gang.

Seven members of the alleged network have now been arrested, including the 21-year-old suspected leader who was arrested last month at a Fairfield house where police allegedly found nine firearms.

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