An Australian Border Force officer is among those charged in the massive international crime bust in Sydney and Dubai

A man is arrested during crime syndicate raids in Sydney this week. Source: Australian Federal Police

An Australian Border Force official has reportedly been charged as part of raids involving an alleged international crime syndicate in Sydney and Dubai.

The current Australian Border Force officer and a former female officer are among those charged as part of a parallel investigation, codenamed Operation Zeus.

The officer has been charged with allegedly using his position to assist the syndicate avoid law enforcement detection, as well as a number of other related offences. The former officer has been charged with similar offences involving her former role.

Eight people were arrested in Sydney and one in Dubai for their involvement in an alleged conspiracy to illegally import drugs and tobacco into Australia.

Law enforcement officials involved in the joint two-year investigation have just released the full details of what happened following more than 13 raids on properties across Sydney on Tuesday, which included the home of Kings Cross nightclub owner John Ibrahim and other members of his family and close associates.

The 80kg of cocaine seized. Source: Australian Federal Police

Police allege the syndicate was part of a conspiracy to import 200 kilograms of MDMA via sea cargo, as well as smuggling 50 million cigarettes into Australia. They will also allege the gang were engaged in money laundering in Australia and abroad.

Police seized around 80 kilograms of cocaine, plus $740,000 cash from four properties in Edmonson Park, St Peters, Hurstville and Arncliffe. Officers swapped out the drugs for an inert substance and subsequently 52-year-old Queensland man was arrested for allegedly transporting and accessing the substance, which was delivered to an address in Rosebery.

An additional $2 million has also been seized during the investigation.

As part of a two-day operation, police executed a search warrant on premises at Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast yesterday.

Here is the police list of all those charged in the crime syndicate and their alleged offences:

A 47-year-old man, from NSW who police will allege was the head of this syndicate, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates by the Dubai police anti-narcotics department, assisted by AFP and NSWPF detectives. His extradition will be sought in relation to drug importation offences.

Other people arrested include:
A 54-year-old man from Rockdale, charged with offences relating to Drug Importation, Directing a Criminal Group, Conspiracy to Defraud, Money laundering and smuggling (Tobacco).

A 42-year-old man from Rockdale charged with offences relating to Drug Importation, Directing a Criminal Group, Conspiracy to Defraud, Money laundering and smuggling (Tobacco).

A 44-year-old man from Arncliffe charged with offences relating to Aid and Abet Drug Importation and Participating in a Criminal Group

A 58-year-old man from Mascot charged with offences relating to Smuggling and Dealing with Proceeds of Crime.

A 52-year old man from Benowa (Queensland) charged with offences relating to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs.

A 51-year-old man from Edmonson Park charged with offences relating to Smuggling and Dealing with Proceeds of Crime.

A 42-year-old man from Brighton-Le-Sands charged with offences including Smuggling, Bribery, Abuse of Public Office, Assisting a Criminal Group, Unauthorised Access (Computer) and Dealing in the Proceeds of Crime.

A 41-year-old woman from Hurstville charged with offences including Conspiracy to bribe, Smuggling, Assisting a Criminal Group and Dealing in Proceeds of Crime.

Most of are due to appear Central Local Court on 25 October, while the 59-year-old Mascot man is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on 31.

Police talk to a man arrested as part of operation Astatine. Source: Australian Federal Police

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