Fifteen boys, allegedly part of an Australian felon syndicate, have been arrested in connection to 500 kg of cocaine in NSW and 600 kg of cocaine supposedly imported via angling trawlers. Picture: AAP/ NSW police
Fifteen humankinds, aged between 29 to 63 times, were arrested for their alleged capacity in the syndicate between 25 and 28 December. All were charged with scheme to importation a commercial length of border controlled pharmaceuticals and repudiated bail.
Among them are former Roosters player John Tobin and Bondi entrepreneur Darren Mohr, News Corp reports.
Authorities had observed a angling trawler, the Dalrymple, depart Sydney Fish Markets on 3 December bound for NSWs central coast.
Three humen were arrested on Sunday evening when dominions intercepted a small tender launched from the Dalrymple as it arrived at Parsley Bay.
Eight subsequent detains were made after search warrants were executed across Sydney, introduced in the outskirts of Zetland, Double Bay, Kingsford and Greenacre. Two servicemen were arrested in Brisbane and Hobart on Tuesday, and a further two in Ulladulla on Wednesday.
The maximum penalty for plot to importation a commercial quantity of border controlled stimulants is life imprisonment.
Authorities retraced five suspect schemes to importation illicit drugs into Australia back to the ring, includes the seizure of 32 kg of heroin by powers in Fiji in December 2014.
There was no evidence to suggest this hoop had successfully imported narcotics, and the Sydney Fish Markets were no longer under investigation.
Operation Okesi spanned more than two and a half years and involved NSW police, AFP, the Australian Border Force and international partners.
Mark Jenkins, the NSW police assistant commissioner, said more than 100 officers from NSW police alone were working over the holiday span to resolve the operation.
Law enforcement doesnt rest when it comes to illegal medicine imposition , not even over Christmas and Boxing Day.
He said the investigation was prompted by a thread of information supplied to NSW patrols dope squad two and a half years ago, and encouraged members of the community with same tips-off to come forward.
That small seeds of information has resulted in a great number of apprehends and a convulsion of drugs, its been a fantastic result.
There were ongoing inquiries to determine the alleged hoops distribution networks in South America, where the cocaine ought to have emerged from, and within Australia.
Tim Fitzgerald, the acting assistant commissioner of the ABF, said attempting to circumvent border control with small vessels was typical.
Its international organised crime syndicates trying to take advantage of our 35,000 km coastline in the hope that we wont be in the area that theyre in. But as is evidenced today …[ alleged] syndicates such as this will be taken down.
He said mete force officers made 18,000 convulsions of narcotics bound for Australia every year.