Five accused of Sydney’s two biggest drug ops get bail-Bloody joke


What chance have the cops got when these blokes get bail? Billion dollar drug busts….FFS they are connected to big crime gangs and what, a judge thinks they are going to hang around like choir boys for the next court date. 1.5 million for bail is like a 10 minute parking meter charge for these gangs. part of doing business in the big cities. Pathetic and draining of energy for the authorities chasing these peddlers of death and destruction!

Mark Morri Crime Editor
The Daily Telegraph
December 31, 2014 12:00AM

Police images of the drug haul which allegedly led to the arrests of three men accused of

Police images of the drug haul which allegedly led to the arrests of three men accused of links to the Comanchero Bikie Gang. Picture: NSW Police

FIVE people charged over two of Sydney’s largest drug operations — with amounts measured in tonnes and bearing a street-value in the billions — have received bail, leaving senior NSW and federal police shocked and furious.

One of the major drug schemes allegedly involved international drug cartels and the other a Sydney bikie gang.

In one case two men accused of taking part in the importation of $1.5 billion dollars worth of drugs into Sydney were granted bail in Central Local Court last week.

Police images of the lab uncovered in the raid in Kenthurst. Picture: NSW Police

Police images of the lab uncovered in the raid in Kenthurst. Picture: NSW Police

The two, Rene Arancinia, 23, from Kogarah and Joshua Hamlin, 34, from Sylvania have been charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of drugs.

The pair are allegedly part of a coalition of organised crime groups responsible for importing almost three tonnes of illegal drugs, including 1917kg of ecstasy (MDMA) and 849kg of crystal methamphetamine.

Magistrate Les Mabbutt granted the men bail on December 17 despite the case involving the second-biggest drug bust in Australian history. Both men had to hand up their passports as well as post bail with a security of $1.5 million as part of the conditions.

“(If convicted) These guys are facing life, are allegedly linked to some of the wealthiest drug cartels in the world and are granted bail. I know the surety seems quite high but we are talking about more than a billion dollars in drugs,” a senior NSW police source said.

Three men have faced court and received bail in relation to the Kenthurst Lab, shown here

Three men have faced court and received bail in relation to the Kenthurst Lab, shown here. Picture: NSW Police

The illegal substances were intercepted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers. The drugs were hidden in a mixed container-load of furniture and unmarked boxes.

Police will allege the consignment with an estimated weight of almost two tonnes of MDMA and more than 800kgs of methamphetamine was shipped to Australia from Germany and arrived into Australia on 19 November.

Police conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to an address in Blacktown where its contents were removed and transported to another location. The men have been ordered to appear again on February 4.

Police were just as shocked in Parramatta local court the week before when three men with links to the Comanchero bikie gang were given bail after being charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetamines.

The men were charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetami

The men were charged in relation to the manufacture of $48 million worth of methamphetamines. Picture: NSW Police

The NSW Gang Squad raided a property in Kenthurst in Sydney northwest where they allegedly found 32kg of methamphetamine and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of ice.

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found.

Three men, Emra Oncu, 29, from Stanhope Gardens, Ulas Doga, 25, of Quakers Hill and Koray Unver, 28, of St Clair were later charged with manufacture of a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, and participating in a criminal group. One was also charged over illegal possession of a weapon.

The men appeared in Parramatta Local Court on December 10.

All three were granted bail on the condition they report daily to police, hand up their passports and relatives deposit their homes as security on their non-appearance.

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found at the lab. Picture: NSW Police

A .357 unregistered pistol was also found at the lab. Picture: NSW Police

They were also ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution or any co-accused or any member of the Comanchero group.

Despite impending changes to the bail act being introduced by current Attorney-General Brad Hazzard, the five men have received bail under the current laws introduced by his predecessor Greg Smith in 2013 that removed the presumption for or against bail.

The new changes mean that people seen as an “unacceptable risk” to the community will be refused bail automatically, and those accused of serious offences will have to “show cause” why bail should be granted.

The arrested men were ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution

The arrested men were ordered not to approach, contact or associate with any prosecution or any co-accused or any member of the Comanchero group. Picture: NSW Police

Despite the urgency to pass the new laws, they are not operational — with Mr Hazzard saying it will take until January 28 to train magistrates, court staff and police in how the changes work.

“Changing the provision of the bail act was obviously critical following the report we had from former … John Hatzistergos,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The government ensured all the provisions were legislated and now we are in the process of making sure all of the people who have to make decisions under the Bail act are properly trained in the new provisions.

“The government has made it very clear to everybody we wanted it underway as soon as humanly possible. The reality is people do need to be trained.”

Crime syndicate smashed by NSW police in $15m drug haul


Another one bites the dust, I love this news, it means less poison drugs containing who knows what is off our streets and not in our kids bodies. The one crap thing is we have very weak sentencing here for drug offenses, this strike force is ongoing with more arrests, get ready for the tap on the shoulder or guns in your faces boys!

One of the three men arrested at Gundagai yesterday

One of the three men arrested at Gundagai yesterday

Police say they have arrested 12 people over a $15-million drug haul seized in southern New South Wales.

Detectives began investigating what they have described as a major drug supply syndicate in 2012, forming Strike Force Oceanic.

They say the group has been producing and selling massive quantities of cannabis and the drug ice throughout the state’s south.

Police say the nine kilograms of ice seized would be worth around $9 million on the street.

Police say the nine kilograms of ice seized would be worth around $9 million on the street.

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p>Officers pounced yesterday, arresting three men and allegedly seizing nine kilograms of ice, with an estimated street value of $9 million, in a raid at Gundagai.

Luigi Gino Fato, 62, and 40-year-old Hank Peter Pickett appeared briefly on serious drug charges in Wagga Wagga Local Court this morning.

No bail application was made and both men will remain in custody until they appear in Batemans Bay Local Court later this month.

The third man, a 63-year-old from Malua Bay, is yet to appear in court.

Detectives say the men are key players in the syndicate.

Police also raided another 11 properties yesterday in Sydney, Canberra and near Griffith, Cowra and Batemans Bay.

At a rural property at Crowther south of Cowra about 2,750 cannabis plants, with an estimated value of $5.5 million, were allegedly discovered.

Wagga Wagga Local Court heard this morning that Young Police Station is having difficulty storing such a large quantity of the drug.

Officers also seized seven guns, 60 kilograms of gunpowder, 90,000 rounds of ammunition and a number of vehicles, machines and documents during the raids.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at Sans Souci in Sydney’s south and charged with enhanced indoor cultivation that exposes a child over a hydroponic cannabis set-up allegedly found in the home.

He was then released on bail to face Kogarah Local Court next month.

In the nearby suburb of Miranda another man, also 36, was arrested and charged with enhanced indoor cultivation and drug possession.

He is free on bail and is due to face Sutherland Local Court next month.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in the ACT suburb of Palmerston and charged with drug supply offences.

He faced Queanbeyan Local Court yesterday.

A 46-year-old arrested at a Batemans Bay home was charged with drug supply.

He is being held in custody to face Narooma Local Court today.

Five other people had already charged over the syndicate before yesterday’s raids.

Here is a tip STAY OFF ICE


FOR those who think the so-called “recreational drug” called ice is harmless, let me take you on a journey.

Put yourself in this situation.

A complete stranger comes up to you and offers you a small packet of what looks like crystal pieces.

Let's take ICE and ruin our LIFES

Let’s take ICE and ruin our LIFES

The person tells you that the drug will give you a high and make you feel great, and that you can stop taking it whenever you want.

He also tells you the bad things you may have heard about ice are overrated.

He will more than likely go on to say he has been using it for years before pointing out how good he looks.

He doesn’t know you, nor does he care about you.

He certainly won’t turn up to your funeral.

This stranger is a drug dealer who wants your business.

He wants to make what is often an initial free transaction – otherwise known as a taste – knowing full well that after this he will have you as a customer for life.

This dealer knows that his crystalised gear is highly addictive.

He is well aware that once you take your first hit, your life will be changed forever … while your short life lasts, that is.

What this wretch doesn’t tell you is that ice will speed the activity of your central nervous system and make you more active – maybe sounds okay so far.

He also doesn’t mention that his product may permanently damage the blood vessels in your brain.

It can also:

- Give you severe depression;

- Make you paranoid;

- Make you convulse and hallucinate; and,

- Give you heart palpitations, heart complications, lung and kidney disorders and dental problems.

He certainly doesn’t tell you it could kill you, or lead you to kill others while in a psychotic state.

Still sound like a good idea?

What the dirty drug dealer will fail to mention is that if you want to stop taking ice there will be significant withdrawal effects that will ravage your health.

You can say goodbye to a normal life once you’re hooked on this stuff after that first taste.

Ice use has a ripple effect, not only on a user but their family and friends.

History (and crime statistics) show a user will do just about anything to get their next fix.

They steal from those they love and commit serious crime to feed their addiction.

From my experience as a detective, drug dealers have – for a long time – targeted country areas.

Potential ice users in both urban and rural areas are not dissimilar: they want to be accepted into a group, they bend to peer pressure and are looking for something different to try.

You have but one life.

Cherish it.

Don’t hand it on a platter to a stinking ice dealer.