‘Untouchable’ busted

Dylan Heasman

Story appeared in: Review | August 14th, 2017

TWO Merrylands men are among 18 people charged in relation to alleged crime syndicates operating across Australia, Dubai and the Netherlands.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP), with assistance from the NSW Police Force, began an investigation in mid-2016, targeting organised alleged crime groups attempting to import large quantities of drugs and tobacco.
Mohammed Jeda, 24, and Jehad Jodeh, 29 were charged during Tuesday's operation which saw the AFP and NSW Police execute 30 search warrants across locations Sydney including Merrylands, Old Guildford and Parramatta.
As part of the Operation Veyda, authorities in The Netherlands also allegedly seized a total of 1.8 tonnes of MDMA, 136 kilograms of cocaine and 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of $810 million, before it could reach Australia.
AFP assistant commissioner Neil Gaughan, said a united response from law enforcement and partner agencies in Australia and overseas was critical to their efforts to dismantle organised criminal networks.
"The people we allege are part of this syndicate are Middle Eastern organised crime figures that are well-known to law enforcement, and for decades this group has flaunted their wealth and activities, telling the community they were untouchable," he said. "Today, it should be obvious that they are not."

Store armed hold-up
A SUPERMARKET employee has been assaulted during an armed robbery in Auburn on Saturday night.
Just after 7pm, two men entered the business at the intersection of Queen Street and Park Road and assaulted the female staff member before fleeing the scene with a sum of cash.
The 24-year-old woman was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation is underway into whether this incident is linked to an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, August 7.

Arrest over stabbing
AN investigation is underway after a 28-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds in Homebush West on Sunday night.
Officers attached to Flemington Local Area Command were called to Hampstead Road at 9pm and found the injured man who was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.
A short time later, police arrested a man believed to be aged in his 50s who was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he remains under police guard and is assisting officers with their inquiries.

Fraud probe winds up
POLICE have wound up their investigation into allegations of fraud against Parramatta Leagues Club members.
Fraud and Cybercrime squad's Corporate Corruption Unit established Strike Force Rhodium in May last year and released a statement saying they have now finalised the investigation.
Assisted by the NRL Integrity Unit, they looked at allegations of finance being derived by the NRL club through false or inflated invoices to suppliers paid by their leagues club.
According to NSW Police, strike force detectives executed multiple search warrants and, with the assistance of forensic accountants, reviewed more than 250,000 emails and 600 pieces of evidence, as well as conducting more than 50 interviews and taking about 100 detailed statements.
Two men, aged 41 and 42, were charged during the investigation and remain before the courts.

Hunt for wanted man
OFFICERS from Police Transport Command are appealing for public assistance to locate Dylan Heasman who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for alleged graffiti offences.
The 23-year-old is known to frequent the Homebush, Flemington and inner city areas and is described as being about 170cm -175cm tall with a medium build, short brown hair and Caucasian in appearance.
Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Close to 2,200 fined
NEARLY 2,200 fines targeting dangerous driver behaviour, were issued across NSW during a one-day blitz by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command on Wednesday.
Police issued 1,277 infringements for mobile phone offences, 376 infringements for people not wearing seatbelts, and 546 infringements for vehicle defects during Operation Compliance 3.
Acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith said issuing that many infringements in a single day suggested a clear lack of personal responsibility by many drivers.
"It is disappointing to see so many people disobeying these simple road rules," he said.
"Hopefully all 2,199 people learned a valuable lesson yesterday; a lesson that could stop someone from being seriously injured or killed in the future.
"So far this year, 232 have already died on NSW roads."

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Publication: Review | Section: news | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 130277 | Viewcount: 21786