An alleged plot to murder four high-profile men from Sydney’s northwest on behalf of an international crime syndicate in Lebanon has been foiled by police, with an alleged criminal contact crew also dismantled by detectives.
The State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, alongside the NSW Crime Commission established Strike Force Tromperie in December last year to investigate the alleged activities of the Middle East syndicate.
In footage released by NSW Police, one of the men can be seen being escorted into a waiting van following his arrest.
He appears to be supported by crutches during the process.
28 people have been charged with organised crime-related offences so far. Their cases remain before the courts.
In a statement on Thursday, NSW Police said a 26-year-old man was allegedly co-ordinating an offshoot criminal cell taking on contract work – sometimes for rival criminal networks – for “serious and violent crime” like murders and kidnappings.
Police will allege in court the criminal cell were conspiring to murder four high profile men from Sydney’s northwest on behalf of another network.
It will be further alleged the group were linked to a kidnapping in March last year and an alleged attempted kidnapping over a 722kg cocaine import seized in Ryde.
The 26-year-old man was arrested at a Cartwright address at 6.10am on Thursday, with strike force detectives and police being assisted by members of the Australian Border Force (ABF).
He was taken to Liverpool Police Station where he is expected to be charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, firearm offences, and large commercial quantity of prohibited drug supply.
That same day in Sadleir, in west of Sydney, detectives arrested a man, 20.
He has been taken to Liverpool Police Station where he is expected to be charged with the same offences, a NSW Police spokesperson said.
Search warrants were also executed at homes in Riverstone and Ashcroft.
Police have also applied for an arrest warrant for another man, 22, who is believed to be offshore.