Former Notorious bikie gang senior Sam Ibrahim, his sister Maha, and Paul DeMarco, drummer for iconic Australian rock outfit Rose Tattoo have been arrested for their involvement in an alleged illegal firearms ring operating out of western Sydney, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Ibrahim, who is the older brother of Kings Cross nightclub owner and suspected underworld figure John Ibrahim, was arrested on Tuesday as part of a series of early morning police raids across Sydney. Police seized 13 firearms during the Ibrahim raid, including a “military style” weapon.
Ibrahim and the 55-year-old DeMarco were arrested following a six-month undercover operation into the alleged ring. Police say the investigation yielded 18 illegal weapons, with six properties raided on Tuesday morning at Windsor, Greystanes, Londonberry, Castlereagh, St Marys, and Warilla.
Ibrahim, Maha, and DeMarco are expected to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon. Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford, Commander of the North West Metropolitan Region, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the firearms were seized along with thousands of rounds worth of ammunition.
He added that an undercover officer, working as part of an operation led by Penrith police, had allegedly been able to buy revolvers, pistols, automatic weapons, and shotguns from the syndicate since October of last year. “When you look at [the weapons] you shake your head and wonder what that fire power would do if it fell into the wrong hands,” he said. Police are expecting more arrests.
“This will no doubt put a significant dent in the organised sale of illegal firearms in Western Sydney but we are sure there are a lot more out there. We have been able to infiltrate that network and we’ve had an operative who has actually purchased those firearms,” said Asst Cmmr Clifford.
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