A high-ranking bicycle boss has been charged when police cracked down on organized crime groups in Sydney, arresting two people en route to the funeral of crime figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad.
Most important points:
- “Brownie” Ahmad had a $1 million bounty on his head when he was released from prison six months ago
- Police say they are doubling their efforts to tackle organized crime since his shooting
- Two people are expected to appear in court after the latest round of arrests charged with supplying drugs
The eruption comes after Ahmad, 39, was gunned down Wednesday night at Narelle Crescent in Greenacre.
State Crimes Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett confirmed that the arrests were made on Saturday as people headed for Ahmad’s funeral.
“We have arrested over 250 people in Strike Force Hawk – [with] more arrests last night, [including] people arrested on the way to the funeral are being readied for a serious drug stash after a police chase,” he said.
Chief Inspector Bennett said police want anyone with information about the Narelle Crescent shooting to come forward.
“The police are doubling their efforts on this type of crime. We want to avoid retaliation and we want to prevent further violence,” he said.
“We take these types of targeted killings very seriously.”
Police said more than 800 charges have been filed against about 250 people since October last year.
During that time, he said, police also seized nearly 70 firearms and conducted more than 360 searches of gang members and their associates.
The 41-year-old National Sergeant-at-arm of the Comanchero bikies has been arrested and charged with two charges of violating a serious crime prevention order.
In a separate arrest, a 50-year-old Bandidos member has been charged with firearms offenses.
En route, cash, drugs and designer watches were seized from multiple properties in Sydney.
Ahmad was released from prison six months ago after serving five years for the 2016 murder of gangland rival Safwan Charbaji.
Ahmad, known as a major player in Sydney crime, had amassed a long list of enemies and walked out of prison with a $1 million bounty on his head.
After a tip saved him from an “imminent daylight hit” in October, he left Australia to spend time in his native Lebanon.
Despite the threat, Ahmad was soon back with his regular staff, becoming the second Ahmad brother to be shot in the gangland battlefield of southwestern Sydney on Wednesday.