Firebrand Muslim preacher is arrested by terrorist police and charged with large-scale drug trafficking after raids & discover cocaine, ecstasy, $ 260,000 cash and weapons & # 39;
- Junaid Thorne was arrested on Wednesday morning in southwest Sydney
- NSW Police carried out raids and allegedly seized drugs, cash and a firearm
- Thorne was in Goulburn & # 39; s Supermax prison earlier in 2015
A fire brigade Muslim preacher and Muslim Aboriginal activist has been accused of large-scale drug trafficking after police have discovered raids, discovered ecstasy, cocaine cash and firearms.
Junaid Thorne, 30, was taken out of his car on Wednesday morning and handcuffed in southwest Sydney after the police reportedly seized 3 kg of cocaine and 1 kg of MDMA.
Thorne had been in Goulburn & # 39; s Supermax prison earlier in 2015 after booking fake flights under the previous year.
Junaid Thorne, 30, was taken out of his car on Wednesday morning and handcuffed in southwest Sydney after the police reportedly seized 3 kg of cocaine and 1 kg of MDMA
The NSW Police Terrorism Investigation team carried out a series of raids in which they also found $ 260,000 in cash and a firearm.
Thorne was arrested around 11 am after the police parked his car in Lurnea.
Khalid Kochai, 49 and Rema Kobeissi, 30, were also arrested during the raids, but no one was charged. None of the three men was accused of terrorist crimes.
Several properties in southwest Sydney, including Thorne & # 39; s apartment in Liverpool, were also raided by police who reportedly seized another 500 grams of cocaine.
Counterterrorism and Special Tactics Command, Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton: & We have many ongoing investigations into people who are concerned about national security.
& # 39; The terrorism investigation team will not wait for anything to happen. We will proactively focus on people who (in our opinion) pose a risk to the community. & # 39;
NSW Police reportedly found $ 260,000 in cash and a firearm during the raids in southwest Sydney. Thorne is depicted as arriving for the court in 2015
Born in Perth, Thorne was deported from Saudi Arabia in 2013 after he protested against a four-year prison sentence imposed on his brother for terrorist charges.
He was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2015 after attempting to use a fake name while flying from Perth to Sydney with two others in December 2014.
Thorne will appear in the Parramatta court on Thursday, where he is faced with nine charges, including a large commercial stock of banned drugs, commercial stock, current stock, five counts of drug trafficking and the delivery of a forbidden firearm.
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