NATION IBRAHIM CLAN IN DRUGS DRAGNET
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.