NA­TION IBRAHIM CLAN IN DRUGS DRAGNET

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANET FIFE- YEOMANS, MARK MORRI, ROSE BREN­NAN and EMMA PARTRIDGE

A MAN lost on a fish­ing trip has sur­vived a freez­ing Tas­ma­nian night by hud­dling in a small cave and eat­ing raw trout he’d caught ear­lier in the day. The re­lieved an­gler was picked up by a res­cue heli­copter yes­ter­day morn­ing. In­spec­tor Ge­orge Cretu said the 21- yearold, known just as Lawrence, got sep­a­rated from his two mates on Mon­day morn­ing and be­came dis­ori­en­tated. He tried to find them but spent the af­ter­noon and evening walk­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, even­tu­ally tak­ing refuge in a cave and eat­ing raw fish. Lawrence was only wear­ing hik­ing gear as the mer­cury dropped to zero overnight. SYDNEY’S royal fam­ily of the Cross is in tat­ters af­ter a global po­lice oper­a­tion left three of the Ibrahim clan be­hind bars last night await­ing bail hear­ings.

Broth­ers Michael and Fadi Ibrahim were ar­rested by anti- nar­cotics po­lice in Dubai while in Sydney po­lice ar­rested their nephew, ex- sol­dier Daniel Ibrahim, and tore apart the lux­ury home of Daniel’s in­fa­mous clubowner fa­ther John Ibrahim as part of the oper­a­tion tar­get­ing or­gan­ised crime and drug smug­gling.

Among the 17 peo­ple ar­rested across Sydney, Dubai and the Nether­lands was:

>> A cousin of the Ibrahims, Sleiman Ta­jjour, the former na­tional pres­i­dent of the No­mads bikie gang, was also charged.

>> Mustapha Dib and Steven Elmir, two men known to Sydney po­lice as al­leged crime king­pins.

>> John Ibrahim’s girl­friend, model and bar owner Sarah Budge, 27, was charged at Dou­ble Bay with il­le­gally pos­sess­ing a Glock pis­tol, un­con­nected to the drug syn­di­cate.

The former Kings Cross night­club boss- turned au­to­bi­og­ra­phy au­thor known as “Te­flon John”, was not ar­rested and has not been charged.

The co- or­di­nated dawn raids fol­lowed the mas­sive seizure in The Nether­lands last month of 1.8 tonnes of ec­stasy, 136kg of co­caine and 15kg of crys­tal metham­phetamine head­ing for Aus­tralia with a street value of up to $ 810 mil­lion.

The con­tainer without the drugs ar­rived in Aus­tralia this week, spark­ing the raids.

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Neil Gaughan said th­ese men were not un­touch­able.

“The peo­ple we al­lege are part of this syn­di­cate that are well- known to law en­force­ment, and for decades this group has flaunted their wealth and ac­tiv­i­ties, telling the com­mu­nity they were un­touch­able,” Mr Gaughan, the na­tional AFP man­ager for or­gan­ised crime, al­leged.

“To­day, it should be ob­vi­ous that they are not.”

Dur­ing a frank press con­fer­ence, Mr Gaughan said it was an “out­stand­ing suc­cess” that so many mem­bers of the Ibrahim fam­ily had been

SYDNEY RAIDS: WHAT HAP­PENED

>> The war­rants were ex­e­cuted as part of three op­er­a­tions code- names Kin­dra, Veyda and As­tan­tine across Sydney. >> Raids con­ducted by the Mid­dle East­ern Crime Squad, NSW Joint Or­gan­ised Crime Group, Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice and NSW Po­lice. >> 11 search war­rants car­ried out in Cabra­matta. >> 13 search war­rants ex­e­cuted around Rock­dale, Mas­cot, Arn­cliffe area. >> Kings Cross iden­tity John Ibrahim’s Dover Heights home tar­geted, along with prop­er­ties in Vau­cluse, Belle­vue Hill, ar­rested and her­alded it as a “great day for law en­force­ment”.

The ar­rests fol­low a 12month in­ves­ti­ga­tion known as Oper­a­tion Veyda which Mr Gaughan al­leged had de­stroyed two in­ter­linked crime syn­di­cates op­er­at­ing across Aus­tralia, Dubai and the Nether­lands. Bankstown, Punch­bowl and Arn­cliffe. >> John Ibrahim’s broth­ers Michael and Fadi, and his son Daniel, 27, were swooped on dur­ing a din­ner in Dubai and are in cus­tody. >> Also among the 14 peo­ple ar­rested are mem­bers of other no­table Sydney fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing Ah­mad Ah­mad, known as “Rock”. He is the brother of slain stan­dover man Walid “Wally” Ah­mad who was shot and killed on the rooftop car park of Bankstown Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre in April 2016.

Dubai po­lice with the as­sis­tance of the AFP also ar­rested Mustapha Dib and Steven Elmir, two men well­known to Sydney po­lice as crime king­pins.

At the same time in Sydney, Ah­mad “Rock” Ah­mad, whose fam­ily has been in­volved in a gang­land war with the Elmirs, was ar­rested at his Bankstown home.

As ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings are ex­pected to be­gin in Dubai, late yes­ter­day the first two of the men charged to ap­pear in court in Sydney were re­fused bail.

Ah­mad “Rock” Ah­mad, 41, and Je­had Jodeh, 29, were charged with im­port­ing a com­mer­cial qual­ity of drugs. They were re­manded in cus­tody to Novem­ber 1.

Daniel Ibrahim is ex­pected to ap­ply for bail to­day.

Po­lice ar­rest a man dur­ing raids across Sydney yes­ter­day.

Fadi Ibrahim.

John Ibrahim.

Michael Ibrahim.

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