Terror investigation leads Police to major illegal tobacco ring

Terror investigators have dismantled an illegal tobacco importation syndicate operating in Sydney’s south-west, arresting eight men.

Police looking into terrorism funding in New South Wales uncovered the criminal syndicate that was allegedly involved in the importation of illegal tobacco, drug supply and large-scale money laundering.

It’s alleged the group was involved in the supply of seven tonnes of tobacco products worth more than $1.8 million.


They’re also accused of helping to illegally import 475,000 packets of cigarettes, avoiding $9 million in excise, and laundering $1.2 million in proceeds of crime.

Two men were arrested at a cafe in Sydney Olympic Park this morning with Police finding $12,000 cash on one of them.

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Officers then executed search warrants at 19 homes, businesses and storage units across the south-west, seizing large quantities of illegal tobacco and cigarettes, luxury goods including watches and handbags as well as cash.

Six more men aged between 27 and 42 were arrested.

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Police expect to charge all eight men with with various offences relating to tobacco smuggling, money laundering, and their roles in a criminal group.

Police have assured the community there is no current or impending threat.