Director of criminal syndicate charged by Robbery and Serious Crime Squad

Detectives have charged a man as part of an investigation into the activities of an alleged criminal syndicate operating across Sydney.

As part of ongoing investigations by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad into unsolved serious and organised crimes across NSW, detectives uncovered a sophisticated criminal network involved in large-scale drug and firearm supply, which was operating out of Sydney’s south-west.

In April, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Roselands and seized 1.2kg of heroin – which has an estimated potential street value of $540,000 – as well as drug paraphernalia and other items relevant to the investigation.

Following extensive investigations, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Tactical Operations Unit at a home at Earlwood about 9am yesterday (Wednesday 27 May 2020).

A 38-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Campsie Police Station.

Shortly after the arrest, detectives executed a further two search warrants at Botany and another property in Earlwood.

During the searches, police seized about $10,000 cash, jewellery, a mobile phone, a CCTV system, various documentation, and other items relevant to the investigation.

Numerous items will undergo analysis and forensic examinations.

The Campsie man was charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group, conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with dangerous weapon, large commercial drug supply, conspiracy to supply firearm to person unauthorised to possess it, conspiracy to acquire unregistered firearm-pistol, use carriage service to threaten to kill, use carriage service to threaten serious harm, and use carriage service to access child abuse material.

Police will allege in court that the man was directing the activities of a criminal group, which included the supply of illicit drugs and firearms, and conspiracies to commit armed robberies.

Further, it’s alleged that the man was accessing and downloading child abuse material.

He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court later today (Thursday 28 May 2020).

Anyone with information in relation to criminal activity in their community is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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