Mass arrests over one of country’s ‘most powerful’ crime syndicates

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One of the most powerful organised crime syndicates in Australia’s history has been dealt a major blow, police say.

NSW Police arrested 24 people, executed 37 warrants and seized 21 firearms as part of a large operation by Strike Force Tromperie, which they set up to target the activities of a syndicate from Lebanon.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson will brief the media.Credit: Flavio Brancaleone

On Wednesday morning, the media will be briefed on the operation by NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson, the State Crime Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald and the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Peter Faux.

Police claim the syndicate is linked to the movement of more than $1 billion through firearms, drug, tobacco and money laundering offences.

In a statement, NSW Police said Strike Force Tromperie was established by State Crime Command’s organised crime squad and the NSW Crime Commission, with help from the Australian Border Force.

Officers spent a year hunting the masterminds of the syndicate before swooping in on alleged members across Sydney this week.

More to come.

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