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Eight men are accused of smuggling 475,000 packets of illegal cigarettes into Australia


Eight men are arrested after the terrorist investigation "uncovered the crime syndicate accused of smuggling 475,000 packets of cigarettes into Australia."

  • Eight men were arrested after detectives found a suspected crime syndicate
  • The arrests are made after a series of raids in southwest Sydney on Tuesday
  • They allegedly imported illegal tobacco, supplied drugs and money laundering
  • Detectives claim they distributed $ 1.8 million tobacco products
  • The police said they also facilitated the import of 475,000 packets of cigarettes

Eight men were arrested after an anti-terrorist detective uncovered a suspected organized crime syndicate accused of smuggling 475,000 packets of illegal cigarettes into Australia.

The arrests were made after a series of raids in southwest Sydney on Tuesday morning.

The men first became aware of detectives investigating possible terrorist financing in New South Wales.

Police officers claim the group of eight men distributed more than seven tons of tobacco products worth more than $ 1.8 million

The group is also said to have washed more than $ 1.2 million in crime proceeds

The group is also said to have washed more than $ 1.2 million in crime proceeds

A 38-year-old and a 39-year-old were arrested at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday in a café in Sydney Olympic Park and taken to local police stations.

Later, 19 search warrants were executed in homes, shops and storage units in south-west Sydney, resulting in another six arrests of men between the ages of 27 and 42.

The NSW police said in a statement that the eight defendants are to be charged with various crimes.

Eight men were arrested after detectives uncovered an organized crime syndicate. The arrests were made after a series of raids in southwest Sydney on Tuesday morning

Eight men were arrested after detectives uncovered an organized crime syndicate. The arrests were made after a series of raids in southwest Sydney on Tuesday morning

The men will face a number of charges, including money laundering, directing and participating in a criminal organization, dealing with crime proceeds and tobacco smuggling

The men will face a number of charges, including money laundering, directing and participating in a criminal organization, dealing with crime proceeds and tobacco smuggling

Detectives claim the group distributed more than seven tons of tobacco products worth more than $ 1.8 million.

The group also reportedly organized the import of 475,000 packets of cigarettes – a legal import would have incurred $ 9 million in excise duties.

They have also laundered more than $ 1.2 million in crime proceeds, police say.

Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing assured the public that the crime syndicate's activities did not pose a current or imminent threat of terrorism.

"The issue of terrorist financing (the investigation) is still ongoing," he told reporters.

The group also reportedly organized the import of 475,000 packets of cigarettes - a legal import would have incurred $ 9 million in excise duties

The group also reportedly organized the import of 475,000 packets of cigarettes – a legal import would have incurred $ 9 million in excise duties

"(But) it is fairly clear and known around the world that the link between organized crime and terrorism is strong and vivid."

Mr. Willing said the police believed they had arrested the syndicate's mastermind and middle-level people.

The men will face a number of charges, including money laundering, directing and participating in a criminal organization, dealing with crime proceeds and tobacco smuggling.

19 search warrants were carried out in homes, shops and storage units in Sydney's southwest - resulting in another six arrests of men between the ages of 27 and 42

19 search warrants were carried out in homes, shops and storage units in Sydney's southwest – resulting in another six arrests of men between the ages of 27 and 42

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