Eight people arrested in a series of raids targeting Assyrian gangs in Fairfield

A 29-year-old woman is accused of running a drug ring. Photo: Nick Moir

A 29-year-old woman is accused of running a drug ring. Photo: Nick Moir

A woman who was allegedly running a drug ring linked to an Assyrian organised crime group has been arrested in a series of raids in Sydney's south-west. 

Eight properties were targeted in simultaneous raids in Fairfield, Cabramatta West, Smithfield and Elizabeth Hills, rolled out by the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad about 6am on Wednesday morning. 

The operation was in response to ongoing tit-for-tat violence, including shootings, stand over tactic and fire bombings, allegedly linked to an ongoing feud between Assyrian gangs in the greater Fairfield area.

The woman was arrested at her Cabramatta home just before 7am. Officers are currently searching her single-level brick home and bagging evidence. 

Police raided eight properties across Sydney's south-west. Photo: Nick Moir

Police raided eight properties across Sydney's south-west. Photo: Nick Moir

Detectives will allege the 29-year-old was at the helm of a syndicate, which included teenage boys, that was behind cannabis supply in the area. 

She has been taken to Cabramatta Police Station. 

Other raids in Fairfield and Fairfield Heights targeted younger members of the group, including two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old, all of which have been arrested. 

Eight people have been arrested, including a woman, four men and three teenage boys.

They have been taken to local police stations, where they are expected to be charged with drug supply and criminal group offences.

One of those targeted includes the brother of an alleged associate of the gang DLASTHR who was targeted in a shooting. 

He survived while another man died. 

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS) and Fairfield Local Area Command established Strike Force Barcom in March 2016 to investigate violent acts and associated criminal activity in the Fairfield area.

During their inquiries, detectives uncovered links to the supply of cannabis in the area.

Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.

Police are urging anyone with information about drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 

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