NSW syndicate 'enabler' charged over SIMs

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Police say a Sydney phone shop manager sold thousands of fraudulent SIM cards to criminals.
Camera IconPolice say a Sydney phone shop manager sold thousands of fraudulent SIM cards to criminals. Credit: AAP

A Sydney phone store manager has been accused of selling thousands of SIM cards to a drug syndicate as police target organised crime "enablers".

The 30-year-old has been charged with 30 offences including dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and assisting and deriving a material benefit from a criminal group.

Police will allege he sold thousands of pre-subscribed and fraudulent SIM cards to Sydney criminals, including those linked to the syndicate.

His arrest comes as police turn their attention to the enablers and facilitators of organised crime as high-ranking figures have fled the country or are awaiting their day in court following a series of raids.

"The men who we arrested earlier this week could not have facilitated their ongoing criminal exploits without the help of enablers and trusted insiders," Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor said on Friday.

"Investigators are working our way down the pyramid and we've still got plenty more to come."

Raids throughout the week have targeted members of the "dial-a-dealer" syndicate police allege was linked to the Alameddine crime family selling drugs supplied by Comancheros bikies.

The action is the result of a 10-month undercover operation by Strike Force Sugarcane, co-ordinated with Taskforce Erebus, recently established to target organised crime amid a spate of public place shootings.

Encrypted phones seized by police on Tuesday were allegedly a source of competition in the drug market as dealers competed for lucrative clientele and police believe they may have played a part in a number of murders over the past two years.

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