A never before seen photo of Talal Alameddine, the most notorious member of the Alameddine family from western Sydney
Middle Eastern crime gangs have long been an important force in western Sydney, and the latest threat in the city's vast suburbs is close members of the Alameddine family.
The name of the family quickly became prominent in the west of the city, with part of the clan waging war against the police and disrupting law-abiding society.
Six male members of the Alameddine crew are already in prison or in court and are confronted with charges related to weapons, drugs, violence and organized crime.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that the activities of this group of cousins have become a major focus of the investigators guarding the western suburbs of Sydney.
The Alameddines have even played a leading role in their own social media drama, with four of them ever pictured with an NRL star table at the Star Casino in Sydney.
Talal Alameddine embarrassed the family name with his involvement in the cold-blooded murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng in New South Wales.
Talal was only 22 when he delivered a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver to an employee – who then spent it in October 2015 on the radicalized 15-year-old shooter Farhad Jabar.
Just a few hours after this gun transaction, Jabar would use the weapon to shoot Mr. Cheng outside the police headquarters in Parramatta – before he was shot by the police.
Talal Alameddine is an ISIS sympathizer who did not repent and refused to stand when he was sentenced to a minimum of 13 and a half years in prison in the New South Wales Supreme Court.
Justice Peter Johnson said at the time: & # 39; I am not convinced that the offender has good prospects for rehabilitation. & # 39;
Alameddine has never been clearly depicted so far, but Daily Mail Australia has obtained a photograph of the smiling, bearded crook.
Supporters including Rachad Alameddine (before) leave the court after Talal Alameddine received a prison sentence of 13 years in 2018 for delivering the gun that killed police accountant Curtis Cheng
(From left to right) Rachad Alameddine and his brother Jihad pose for a photo with their cousins Hamdi and Rafat. The family is known in the Merrylands area in the west of Sydney
Talal Alameddine provided Raban Alou with a gun that was used in the shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng. That weapon was pictured here after Mr. Cheng was shot
Until the months prior to the Cheng Cheng murder, Alameddine wore short-cut hair before growing the beard and putting on traditional Islamic clothing.
& # 39; My beard is for ISIS, & # 39; he told a police officer when he was asked about his facial hair.
Talal is being held in the safest prison in the country, the Supermax prison in Goulburn, where he allegedly attacked a notorious prisoner Bassam Hamzy on a training ground in October 2018.
In recent years, 26-year-old Talal & # 39; s brother Rafat, 28, and cousins Bilal, 21, Jihad, 31, Rachad (sometimes & # 39; Richad & # 39;), 28, and Hamdi Alameddine 27 make had serious criminal cases in court.
Five of the Alameddines – Talal, Rafat, Jihad, Rachad and Hamdi – appeared on the same day last month for various cases in the courts of Sydney.
While Talal will be off the street for at least the next decade, his five family members have continued to develop into a prominent crime group in western Sydney.
Members of the Alameddine family have established a stronghold around Merrylands – an area that criminals have fought over for years.
A source close to the Alameddines said: & # 39; For many years there were several families in that area, but most others were ultimately too focused on each other. & # 39;
Bassam Hamzy (left) is a convicted murderer and one of the most notorious prisoners in Australia. Talal Alameddine and Hamzy were involved in a fistfight in Goulburn & # 39; s Supermax prison (right) in October 2018
Talal Alameddine (in orange overalls) refused to stand before a judge of the NSW Supreme Court because he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for supplying the weapon used to kill Curtis Cheng
Hamdi Alameddine (photo) is accused of being involved in a fight next to his relatives in Westfield Parramatta
Leading the Alameddine family is Rafat, the older brother of Talal.
His rap sheet contains convictions for dealing with the proceeds of crime and being a member of a criminal group.
Last year, he barely avoided jail for his role in a luxury auto-fraud syndicate, and a 15-month suspended sentence was imposed instead.
He is also one of three Alameddines – along with his cousins Hamdi and Rachad – facing charges of violent fighting in Parramatta Westfield on June 15.
Bilal Alameddine, a close cousin, is currently awaiting conviction for his role in carrying out weapons and drugs.
The police plunged into Bilal and another man in the parking lot of the Bunnings Warehouse in Lidcombe on June 30, 2017, after an undercover agent purchased three weapons and $ 115,000 worth of cocaine from the pair.
Rafat Alameddine (right) is accused of a fight in Westfield Parramatta. Last year he also pleaded guilty about dealing with the proceeds of crime and being part of a criminal group. Rachad Alameddine (left) is also accused of the Parramatta fight.
Bilal and his co-worker met the officer three times to exchange weapons and drugs for cash in the month before their arrest.
Legal documents reveal how Bilal drove a Toyota Aurion to a meeting point in Guildford on May 5, 2017 where they met the undercover officer.
TALAL ALAMEDDINE, 26
– He is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence for delivering the gun used to shoot police accountant Curtis Cheng.
RAFAT ALAMEDDINE, 28
– Faced with charges about a wild fight in Parramatta Westfield. Previously guilty of dealing with the proceeds of crime and being part of a criminal group.
JIHAD ALAMEDDINE, 31
– Has been guilty of a series of drug charges, including possession of equipment used to make drugs. Will be sentenced on December 18.
BILAL ALAMEDDINE, 21
– Pending the sentencing of ongoing charges for weapons and drugs. Could face more than five years behind bars.
HAMDI ALAMEDDINE, 27
– Also involved in the fight at Westfield Parramatta.
RACHAD ALAMEDDINE, 28
– Serves a 12-month suspended sentence for mistreatment, he is the third family member charged with the Westfield fight.
The officer was parked nearby and Bilal got into the back seat of the car, pulled a 9 mm Desert Eagle gun and two blank magazines he had stored in his pants.
In return, he received $ 28,000 from the undercover officer.
Bilal is facing a prison sentence of more than five years and returns to Parramatta's court on 11 December for conviction.
Hamdi Alameddine, the cousin of Talal and Rafat, is also accused of fighting in Westfield in June.
In June he was found guilty of two minor driving cases, but he was not convicted either.
Rachad Alameddine, a close cousin, is the last family member accused of the Westfield fight on June 15.
He has previously sued in court for weapons loads, including possession of a Taser and a bottle of capsicum spray, and is currently serving a 12-month suspended sentence for an attack.
Rachad caused controversy in 2016 when he and several of his cousins were seen in The Star Sydney with NRL stars Beau Ryan, Corey Norman, James Segeyaro and Junior Paulo.
Rachad, Rafat, Hamdi and Jihad all dined with Norman, Seqeyaro and Paulo, before they saw Ryan and took a selfie as he walked past their table.
& # 39; Dinner with the boys !!! Great that you are @coreynorman @ juniorp93 @ chicko9 tonight !!! & # 39; Rachad subtitled the photo.
NRL stars Corey Norman, Junior Paulo and James Segeyaro dine with members of the Alameddine family, including Hamdi, Rafat, Jihad and Rachad
The NRL and NSW Police started an investigation into the dinner, but Ryan told The Daily Telegraph that he was an innocent party.
& # 39; I was with my wife and daughter and family … and a man came in and asked and to wish him a happy birthday, I have never met them before & # 39 ;, said Ryan.
& # 39; There was a group of about 30 of them, and when I walked away, I did exactly the same with another woman after his sister asked me to wish her a happy birthday. & # 39;
Jihad Alameddine, the brother of Rachad, was one of those present and pleaded guilty last month for indictments for drugs and property.
He must be convicted on December 18 before the local court of Parramatta for conviction.
Daily Mail Australia contacted criminal lawyer Abdul Saddik, who represents several of the Alameddines, for comment, but he refused because a number of cases still remain before the courts.
The police hesitated to publicly discuss the family for the same reason.
Talal Alameddine is arrested by heavily armed police. A judge discovered that he had shown no regrets for supplying the gun that was used to kill police accountant Curtis Cheng
Bilal Alameddine (left) could be sentenced to more than five years in prison if he was convicted on 11 December for charges of weapons and drugs. Jihad Alameddine (right) has been found guilty of allegations such as possession of drugs, driving drugs and owning drug delivery equipment
Retired NSW detective became Western Sydney University teacher Michael Kennedy and has seen generations of families involved in organized crime in Sydney.
& # 39; If you use the word & # 39; Mafia & # 39; used gives the wrong idea, but it's essentially the same because you have a tight system, & # 39; said Professor Kennedy.
& # 39; You will often see organized crime groups keeping things in the family because it brings a level of trust and unity, but they also don't want to share what they have.
Abdul Saddik, who represents several of the Alameddines, declined to comment on the family because some stay in court
& # 39; What we have seen with these families since that day is that they are moving to a new life in Australia and doing everything to prevent them from going back to where they came from.
& # 39; There is no great mystery that families who come here with nothing do the hard yards and everything needed to get money, and many end up in organized crime. & # 39;
Professor Kennedy, who has spent years investigating organized crime, is critical of the recent crackdown on the NSW Police in relation to large criminal companies.
He says it's not the best way to work against criminal groups, families, or bike clubs.
& # 39; It should be no surprise that organized crime families remain faithful and refuse to stand in the witness stand and give up on each other, & # 39; said Professor Kennedy.
& # 39; But you have to let these communities trust you.
& # 39; Organized crime is not going anywhere, you can't regulate it, so you need them to regulate themselves.
& # 39; You do not give them the green light in any way, but you have an open dialogue so that you can go to them and say "this is a problem" and they will act. & # 39;
Talal Alameddine is detained with some of the worst offenders in Australia at the Supermax prison in Goulburn
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