Investigation into Sydney's underworld killings uncovers 'mafia-like' syndicates

| 08.09,18. 06:16 PM |




Investigation into Sydney's underworld killings uncovers 'mafia-like' syndicates


Photo: Michael Fraser was arrested by anti-bikie detectives as part of a long-running probe into Sydney's organised crime network. (Supplied: NSW Police)

New South Wales detectives have charged a number of people who they allege were core members of a violent crime syndicate behind to the city's spate of underworld killings.


Police on Saturday went public with the details of a long-running investigation, which began nearly three years ago, saying more than 70 people had been arrested.


Since the probe began, a series of underworld executions has unfolded across Sydney, including the alleged murder of Rebels member Michael Davey in March 2016 and several linked or revenge attacks.


Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said police would allege the origins of the enterprise lay in the Burwood chapter of the Rebels bikie gang.


"They grew very quickly into a violent syndicate available to integrate with other syndicates and other criminal entities to carry out extortion, kidnapping and murder," he said.


Mr Smith said it was alleged the group behaved like the mafia, with reputation and profiteering above all else.


He said a 29-year-old who appeared in court on Thursday had been charged with directing the activities of the syndicate.


It's alleged that man is implicated in the November 2016 murder of underworld figure Pasquale Barbaro.


Mr Smith said it was alleged he was also linked to the 2017 conspiracy to murder Rebels member Ricky Ciano, the death of Mr Davey and the execution of Mehmet Yilmaz, who was gunned down in St Marys in September 2016.


He said the evidence, much of which was gathered covertly, included more than 15,000 hours of electronic surveillance.


Professionals allegedly implicated


The dozens of people arrested in relation to the alleged syndicate have been charged with more than 650 offences in total, including murder, fraud, kidnappings, public shootings, drug and gun possession and money laundering.


While officers expected to make further arrests, Mr Smith said police believed those alleged to be core members of the group were currently before the courts.


He said police would allege professionals had also been linked to the group.


"We've found IT professionals, real estate agents, mortgage brokers — we've seen a large number of professional people caught up in the net of this arrest raid."


A former licensed gun dealer, Michael Fraser, was arrested on Wednesday as the investigation reached its crescendo.


The 40-year-old is accused of deliberately repairing and altering the ballistic identification on a firearm that was used in serious indictable offences by a criminal gang.


Detectives from strike force Ayle were led to a property at Seaham, north of Newcastle, in February where they seized replica guns and documentation.


They revoked the gun licences of Mr Fraser and a 48-year-old woman before later returning to the property and allegedly uncovering a stash of 1,180 guns.


Many of the weapons were allegedly unregistered.


Mr Fraser has been charged with 101 offences, including participating in a criminal group, hindering the discovery of evidence and various firearms offences.


He appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday and was granted strict conditional bail before he is due to appear again on September 18.


abc


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Residents furious after builder being pursued over combustible cladding goes into administration Melbourne police release vision of street attack near MCG after AFL match Sydney driver killed 'days before due to have Takata airbag replaced' Sydney Harbour Tunnel closed southbound after motorcycle crash Police car involved in crash was looking for driver on mobile phone Human remains found in North Qld identified Man found with 200 guns at a Sydney home ASIC launches legal action against NAB Box Hill crane accident: Melbourne worker killed, two men injured on construction site ANZ, CBA follow Westpac and lift variable mortgage rates Man charged with murder after discovery of woman's body at Carlisle house during search Scott Morrison scraps Government plans to raise pension age to 70 Peter Dutton's au pair interventions slammed by former Immigration insiders Australia's economic growth jumps to 3.4 per cent in the June quarter NSW تسجّل أكثر السنوات جفافاً منذ العام 1965 Interest rates still on hold at record low of 1.5pc as economy looks set to slow Westpac hit with $35m penalty to settle irresponsible home loan case with ASIC Mother killed in hit-run crash was learning to help grieving families Meningococcal disease kills NSW Central Coast university student Aussie dollar sinks and could keep falling Australian home price slide worsens, Melbourne leads real estate fall Dairy industry group calls for drought milk levy of 10 cents a litre that would flow back to farmers Detention centre set alight during riot after young man taken to hospital with serious injuries Man hit by car, six others injured in brawl outside Collingwood nightclub 130yo Brisbane hotel destroyed by fire months after development application dropped Police fatally shoot man in Central Queensland Church's response to child abuse royal commission due Friday ‘All smoke is toxic… avoid at all costs’ Dire warning issued as Melbourne factory fire continues to burn 'If you don't like what Westpac's done, go to another bank': Morrison slams rate hike Bill Shorten uses GST to pressure Liberals in WA as Labor targets marginal seats