Police investigating drug and gun crime in Sydney's south-west have swooped on four members of an Assyrian criminal syndicate during dawn raids. Strike Force Face was formed by detectives attached to Fairfield Local Area Command in July last year to probe the street-level supply of methylamphetamine and cannabis by members of the criminal group. Following exhaustive inquiries, three men, 18, 19 and 20, were taken into custody during simultaneous search warrants on four Fairfield homes properties just before 7am today (Wednesday 29 February 2012). A fourth member of the alleged syndicate, an 18-year-old man, was arrested overnight. They were taken to Cabramatta and Fairfield Police Stations and are expected to be charged with in excess of 20 offences, including drug supply and participating in a criminal group. Seven members of the alleged criminal group have now been arrested by police. Last month, the syndicate's alleged kingpin was arrested by police in an operation which allegedly resulted in the seizure of nine firearms -- including three automatic pistols, a revolver, rifle, two shotguns and two shortened rifles -- ammunition and a quantity of drugs. The 21-year-old man was arrested during a search warrant on a residence in Fairfield Street, Fairfield, on Friday 27 January 2012 and is currently before the courts on 21 drug supply, possession and firearms charges. Two other men, aged 19 and 20, remain in custody on unrelated matters and are expected to be charged by ...


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