A double agent allegedly tricked Michael Ibrahim into getting involved in the tobacco smuggling scheme that led to his arrest.
The youngest of the Ibrahim siblings became friends with a man he met at Sheraton Hotel in November, but that man was a double agent.
Although they planned to spend their lives travelling the globe, police documents allege the police operative, Male Witness 1, lured Michael into the tobacco scam to import tonnes of Class A Drugs, Daily Telegraph reports.
Michael, (pictured) the youngest of the Ibrahim siblings, became friends with a man he met at Sheraton Hotel in November, but that man was a double agent
Michael (far left) had revealed all his drug syndicate plans to his ‘friend’ who fed it all back to police before arresting brothers Fadi (far right) and raiding John’s (centre) house
Police found nothing at the house of John Ibrahim with which to charge him on Tuesday
The men allegedly organised to smuggle $1 billion worth of drugs from Europe to Australia where Michael told his ‘friend’ he was interested in introducing him to his associates at party island Ibiza, court documents reveal.
Michael allegedly told the man they could earn $50 million profit if they continued their partnership, however the double agent was giving all the information to police, who had been watching him since March 2016.
Court documents revealed Michael would allegedly receive 20 per cent of the drug shipments as a fee, which he would split with the man.
Police believe Michael, who has never earned a legitimate dollar in his life according to court documents, was willing to put his own future in his new ‘friend’s’ hands along with the futures of his brother Fadi and nephew Daniel.
There were two drug syndicates which planned to import two tonnes of MDMA, cocaine and methamphetamine where the alleged syndicate members were taken down with 19 arrests across three countries.
Michael and Fadi were arrested in Dubai while their older brother John’s house was raided in Sydney, however he was not charged.
Fadi (pictured) was arrested in Dubai alongside Michael after Michael’s double agent friend was able to arrest them after police monitored them since March 2016
John’s model girlfriend Sarah Budge (pictured) was charged and granted bail Wednesday
Ms Budge had to hand in her passport although it is not believed she’s not part of the syndicate
Fadi spoke out from his prison cell denying any involvement with a crime syndicate and wants to return to Australia to clear his name.
John’s model girlfriend Sarah Budge, 27, was charged for possessing a firearm during the raids and is now on strict bail conditions after paying a deposit of $50,000 and surrendering her passport.
Ms Budge is not believed to be part of the alleged drug syndicate.
John’s 26-year-old son Daniel Taylor (pictured), who also goes by the surname Ibrahim, was arrested for allegedly helping transfer more than $2.5 million to buy smuggled tobacco
Michael allegedly put his future and his nephew’s (pictured) future in the hands of the double agent
John Ibrahim (pictures) has not been charged over the alleged drug syndicate which hasseen two of his brothers arrested
John’s 26-year-old son Daniel Taylor, who also goes by the surname Ibrahim, was arrested for allegedly helping transfer more than $2.5 million to buy smuggled tobacco.
Daniel was paid $630,000 to receive bail where he is on strict conditions including not being able to leave New South Wales.
The drug syndicate has been operating across Australia, Dubai and the Netherlands where police allege the Ibrahim family, with John the family patriarch, are part of a multimillion-dollar global crime syndicate importing illegal drugs.
Authorities prevented about two tonnes of illicit drugs with a street value of $810 million, including 1.8 tonnes of MDMA, from coming to Australia in July as part of the operation.
The massive drug haul was intercepted in the Netherlands, not making it to Australia.
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