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Smash terrorism funding through tobacco network

EIGHT men are in police custody after detectives investigating terrorism funding, uncovered an illicit tobacco importation syndicate operating in Sydney’s south-west.

In November 2017, Strikeforce DeHaar was formed to investigate terrorism funding in NSW and allegedly uncovered an organised criminal syndicate involved in the importation of illicit tobacco, drug supply and money laundering.

Following extensive inquiries, Strikeforce DeHaar arrested two men aged aged 38 and 39 at Sydney Olympic Park about 8.15am last Monday. During a search of the 39-year-old man, police allegedly located $12,000 in cash.

A short time later, 19 criminal organisation search warrants – at homes, businesses and storage units – were executed across south west Sydney, where a further six men aged 27 to 42 were arrested so far in the operation which is continuing.

Police will allege in court that the group took part in the supply and distribution of more than seven tonnes of tobacco products, worth more than $1.8 million.

The group also allegedly facilitated the illicit importation of 475,000 packets of cigarettes.

Police will also allege the group laundered more than $1.2 million in proceeds of crime.

Anyone with information in relation to suspected terrorism should always come forward, no matter how small it may seem. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.

Arrest over mutilation of pet dog

A MAN has been charged after he allegedly mutilated and killed the family dog in their Auburn unit earlier this year.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, March 10, police were called to a unit on Edgar Street following reports a naked man, who was allegedly armed with a knife, was attempting to gain access to their unit.

On arrival, officers spoke with occupants of the unit who then directed them to another unit in the complex where they found a man matching the description. On approaching the man, he closed the door to his unit and stood in the foyer where he spoke with police.

Police arrested the man, then entered the home that he shares with his two elderly parents, where they allegedly located a large kitchen knife and a mutilated Shitzu dog.

The dog was rushed to an animal hospital, however, it died from its injuries.

The 34-year-old man was taken to Cumberland Hospital for assessment, and later  released into the custody of police.

He was charged with torture, beat and causing death of an animal, aggravated break and enter to a commit serious indictable offence – armed, and destroy or damaging property.