A Sydney Hells Angels bikie gang boss is in custody after police smashed an
international drug ring accused of importing enough chemicals to make $300
million of the party drugs ice and speed.
Four men are before the courts after police seized more than half a tonne of
precursor drugs phenylpropanolamine and pseudoephedrine in two shipments
from the Netherlands, a police spokeswoman said.
Officers arrested three men in Australia and one man in the Netherlands last
Thursday during an undercover operation led by the NSW Police drug squad.
The president of the Hells Angels' Chinatown chapter, Maziyar John Ebrahimi,
34, allegedly helped to import two shipments last year, court documents
allege. But he was arrested only after he allegedly supplied a buyer with 10
kilograms of a precursor at Baulkham Hills on August 2 this year.
It is understood Mr Ebrahimi is also acting as the head of the Hells Angels'
Sydney city chapter while president Felix Lyle remains in custody. Mr Lyle
is accused of a part in plotting to import black market Glock pistols into
Officers attached to the Gangs Squad's Strike Force Raptor arrested Mr
Ebrahimi at Chatswood, on Sydney's north shore, last Thursday. He is accused
of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled precursor,
phenylpropanolamine, in December last year. Police also allege he imported a
shipment of pseudoephedrine between January and August last year.
Mr Ebrahimi, of South Wentworthville, spent the night in police custody,
then appeared briefly before Hornsby Local Court last Friday. He is charged
with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled precursor,
intentionally importing prohibited tier-one goods and supplying a large
commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
Bail was not applied for but it was formally refused by Magistrate Alison
Police arrested alleged co-offender David George Hood, 65, at Ourimbah, on
the state's central coast, on the same day as Ebrahimi.
Mr Hood is accused of conspiring to import pseudoephedrine with Mr Ebrahimi,
and a 39-year-old American national, in 2012, according to court documents.
Police allege he was found with $61,900, and 1.3 kilograms of the drug known
It is understood Mr Hood, from Toukley, was not a member of the Hells
Angels. He was charged with three offences, including importation and supply
charges. He did not apply for bail but it was formally refused by Magistrate
Susan McIntyre during his brief appearance at Wyong Local Court last Friday.
Mr Ebrahimi and Mr Hood are expected to reappear in court next month.
Strike Force Mindona was formed to investigate the importation of precursor
drugs and the subsequent manufacture of prohibited drugs.